The intersection of CRediT and peer review

In celebration of Peer Review Week 2020, NISO and Cabells collaborated to host a webinar highlighting the importance of standards toward improving trust in peer review.

CRediT co-chairs were delighted to be invited to share ideas about how CRediT can fit in to the peer review landscape, both today and in future.

Watch this video recording to hear from Alison McGonagle-O’Connell on CRediT, as well as co-presenters Veronique Kiermer, PLOS, Tony Alves, Aries Systems, Melissa Harrison, eLife and moderator Simon Linacre of Cabells.

Publisher Adopters

AACR adopts CRediT across nine journals

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) adopted CRediT across nine journals, replacing a custom contributor roles taxonomy previously in use.

AACR’s implementation is unique, in that they require the corresponding author to indicate each author’s contributions at first revision and each revision thereafter, and the system communicates these selections to each co-author in an individualized email alerting them to the completed submission. Each co-author is encouraged to contact the corresponding author regarding any requested changes to their declared contribution. This is possible through support from their submission and peer review system, eJournalPress.

“Before implementing CRediT, we solicited contributions from each co-author using electronic forms,” commented Daniel Evanko, Director of Journal Operations and Systems at AACR, “and we found that corresponding authors were sometimes surprised when they saw the article proof and the contributions claimed by a co-author. This could cause delays as we worked with authors to sort out contributions. The new workflow streamlines the process and increases transparency for all contributors, and accuracy for the scholarly record. While the implementation was very recent, we are generally very pleased with the adoption and implementation.”

“One of the most exciting things about the CRediT community is observing the diversity of approaches to implementation and integration, including workflow,” commented Alison McGonagle-O’Connell, NISO CRediT Working Group co-chair. “I’m looking forward to a future case study or author survey assessing preferences from this group who may have been exposed to both role solicitation workflows. I’m also thrilled AACR has joined the growing community of adopters!”

The integration is live for Blood Cancer Discovery, Cancer Discovery, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Cancer Immunology Research, Cancer Prevention Research, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Research, and Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

Press Releases

Key Milestones Achieved in CRediT-NISO Collaboration

Baltimore, MD – July 23, 2020 – Following their April 2020 announcement, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) Steering Committee have now achieved two more important milestones in their work to formalize and develop CRediT both as a NISO/ANSI standard and as a community. 

In short time, NISO and the CRediT Steering Committee collaborated to establish a small initial working group, which expects to complete editorial changes to the taxonomy language and submit the draft for final approval in September. In addition, they have launched a new, information-rich website, to replace the prior version, which has now been sunset. And, to help further engage the community, a CRediT Twitter account has also been created — @contributor_roles.

“With NISO’s strong support and adept project management, our team has been able to accelerate the pace of our work to share CRediT with the community – to make it as usable and useful as possible,” commented Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000, one of the Taxonomy’s originators, and current Steering Committee member. “We look forward to full standardization, wider adoption, and continued interest, feedback, and support from both NISO and the broader community of integrators and adopters.”

“It is a pleasure to support CRediT,” commented Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO. “There is real, palpable momentum centered around the taxonomy, and we are thrilled to be helping secure its foundation and support its scale-up, as transparency into contributions has many benefits for the scholarly information ecosystem.”

Visit the new website to learn more about this collaboration. Please note that any links in current adopter and integrator instructions for authors, and other reference documentation, should be updated so that they point to the taxonomy’s new home.

About CRediT

CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) is a high-level taxonomy, including 14 roles, that can be used to represent the roles typically played by contributors to scientific scholarly output. The roles describe each contributor’s specific contribution to the scholarly output.

About NISO

NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, aims to build knowledge, foster discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional communities. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information standards, and is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO website ( or contact us at