In addition to the normal round up of topics, this month’s newsletter also highlights a new development in thinking about authorship—a topic that we know is one of the top issues that editors have to deal with and which leads to much anxiety among authors. Authorship is also the topic of this month’s case. The new initiative, Project CRediT (http://projectcredit.net), comes from a long tradition of thinking about contributions to papers, and is aimed at increasing transparency and attribution of effort.
Another highlighted topic is a guideline to standardize the citation of bioresources in journal articles (CoBRA).
What these initiatives have in common are an attempt to provide structure and clarity of attribution in the data around published articles. As articles and collaborations become more complex, such initiatives will become increasingly important in the reporting of articles and ultimately ensuring how much reliance can be placed on them.
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