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Introducing CreditForge

The Forefront of Contribution Recognition

CreditForge, developed by CASRAI and LAC Health, is a pioneering tool that transforms the way academic contributions are recognized and attributed in all fields (Healthcare, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and more). Embracing the Credit Taxonomy standard, CreditForge is an ingenious solution for scholars to articulate and credit research roles effortlessly. This free-to-use platform reflects our relentless pursuit of innovation, ensuring that every contribution is acknowledged with precision.

Effortless Credit Attribution with CreditForge

CreditForge makes attribution as easy as typing a story. In plain language, write the contribution of each person and mention their role (click to view roles below), then hit ‘Submit’. CreditForge handles the rest, generating metadata and a standardized contribution summary that clearly credits each researcher’s work. Unlock the power of proper attribution with CreditForge – where technology meets transparency.

Understanding CASRAI and CRediT: Transforming Research Data Management in Healthcare and Beyond

In today’s research-driven world, effective collaboration and clear authorship attribution are crucial for the advancement of knowledge. The CASRAI (Consortium for Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information) and CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) initiatives have emerged as essential tools to facilitate seamless collaboration and accurate attribution in various industries, including healthcare. In this article, we delve into the technical aspects of CASRAI and CRediT and explore their transformative impact on research data management and research information.

CASRAI: Streamlining Research Administration Information

Established in 2006, CASRAI is an international consortium of research institutions, funding agencies, and data management organizations that aims to improve the flow of information in research management. By developing standardized data dictionaries and interoperable data exchange protocols, CASRAI streamlines research administration processes, reducing time and effort spent on repetitive tasks and ensuring compliance requirements are met.

Applications of CASRAI in Healthcare and Other Industries

  • Research Funding: By providing standardized application forms and data formats, CASRAI simplifies the grant application and review process for funding agencies in healthcare, social sciences, and other fields.
  • Data Management: CASRAI’s data dictionaries help healthcare researchers manage complex datasets, ensuring that research data is consistently formatted and easily understood by collaborators.
  • Reporting: CASRAI promotes the efficient generation of research performance reports, enabling research institutions and funding agencies to assess the impact of their investments in healthcare and other sectors, while also identifying suspicious activity.

CRediT: A Comprehensive Taxonomy for Authorship Attribution

Developed in 2014, CRediT is a taxonomy of 14 contributor roles that provides a standardized framework for acknowledging individual contributions to research projects. By enabling accurate authorship attribution, CRediT fosters collaboration and transparency in research, particularly in multidisciplinary fields like healthcare, enhancing scholarly communications.


The 14 CRediT Contributor Roles


  1. Conceptualization
  2. Data Curation
  3. Formal Analysis
  4. Funding Acquisition
  5. Investigation
  6. Methodology
  7. Project Administration
  8. Resources
  9. Software
  10. Supervision
  11. Validation
  12. Visualization
  13. Writing – Original Draft
  14. Writing – Review & Editing


Applications of CRediT in Healthcare and Other Industries

  • Collaborative Research: CRediT’s standardized taxonomy allows researchers from diverse healthcare backgrounds to easily understand and acknowledge each other’s contributions, fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary research.
  • Academic Publishing: Journals and publishers in healthcare andother fields can utilize CRediT to ensure that all authors are appropriately credited for their work, improving transparency and reducing authorship disputes.
  • Research Assessment: CRediT facilitates the evaluation of individual researcher contributions, allowing research institutions and funding agencies to make more informed decisions regarding career advancement, funding, and resource allocation.


Questions Answered

  1. What do you mean by credit? In the context of this article, “credit” refers to the acknowledgement and recognition of individual contributions to a research project, facilitated by the CRediT taxonomy.
  2. What is the CRediT taxonomy? The CRediT taxonomy is a standardized framework consisting of 14 contributor roles that help in acknowledging and attributing individual contributions to research projects.
  3. What is Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information? CASRAI is an international consortium that aims to improve the flow of information in research management by developing standardized data dictionaries and interoperable data exchange protocols.
  4. What does a CRediT author do? A CRediT author refers to a researcher who contributes to a research project, with their specific role(s) defined by the CRediT taxonomy.


In summary, CASRAI and CRediT are powerful tools that have significantly improved research data management and authorship attribution in healthcare and other industries. By streamlining research administration processes and providing a standardized framework for recognizing individual contributions, these initiatives promote efficient collaboration, transparency, and accountability in research. As their adoption continues to grow, CASRAI and CRediT will undoubtedly shape the future of research management across various sectors.



There are numerous helpful resources available online for those interested in learning more about CASRAI and its impact on research data management. The official CASRAI website offers comprehensive information about the consortium, its mission, and its activities.

Additionally, the CASRAI GitHub repository provides access to various projects and technical resources related to CASRAI’s standardized data dictionaries and data exchange protocols. These resources can prove invaluable for researchers, administrators, and other stakeholders in healthcare and other industries who are looking to adopt CASRAI’s standards and best practices in their own research management processes.