Abstract: The increasing volume and complexity of research, scholarly publication and research information puts an added strain on traditional methods of scholarly communication and evaluation. Information goods and networks are not standard market goods – and so we should not rely on markets alone to develop new forms of scholarly publishing. The affordances of digital information and networks create many opportunities to unbundle the functions of scholarly communication – the central challenge is to create a range of new forms of publication that effectively promote both market and collaborative ecosystems.
As the number of authors on scientific publications increases,
ordered lists of author names are proving inadequate for the
purposes of attribution and credit.
• A multi-stakeholder group has produced a contributor role taxonomy
for use in scientific publications.
• Identifying specific contributions to published research will lead
to appropriate credit, fewer author disputes, and fewer disincentives
to collaboration and the sharing of data and code