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Research Software Authorship and Contribution Task Force

The task force builds on previous work to define criteria for software authorship and describe contribution types/roles in software. It aims to address

  • a lack of community guidelines and criteria for software authorship;
  • a lack of community support for any one existing contribution taxonomy/vocabulary for software.


  1. Examine relevant previous work
  2. Draft definitions of software authorship and contributions
  3. Facilitate expert and community review and consultation
  4. Publish community guidelines

Task Force Members

Joining the Task Force

If you are interested in joining the Task Force as an active member, please write an email to a member whose email address is listed above, stating your interest and describing any relevant experience you may have. We will then invite you to a Task Force meeting to meet the other Task Force members.