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Understanding Contributor Roles in Scholarly Publications

Concurrent 5C: Understanding Contributor Roles in Scholarly Publications

More and more frequently, research and scholarly publications involve collaboration, and coauthorship in most scholarly fields is rapidly increasing in frequency and complexity. Yet coauthorship patterns vary across discipline; the interpretation of author ordering is fraught with ambiguity; and richer textual descriptions of authorship are uncommon, and difficult to interpret, aggregate, and evaluate at scale. There is a growing interest across stakeholders in scholarship in increasing the transparency of research contributions and in identifying the specific roles that contributors play in creating scholarly works. Understanding and accomodating emerging forms of coauthorship is critical for managing intellectual property, publication ethics, and effective evaluation.