There is a new open standard emerging for expressing/classifying the diverse roles that lead to research output. The classification includes, but is not limited to, traditional authorship roles.
Project CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) has created an initial taxonomy that classifies fourteen different ‘Contributor Roles’. Each person contributing to a piece of research may be assigned multiple roles.
EM’s initial implementation of the new standard allows:
The ability to attribute one or more ‘Contributor Roles’ to each Author of a submission
The ability to identify the degree to which a particular contributor was involved, i.e. one of “Lead”, “Supporting”, “Equal”
The ability to configure the collection of Contributor Roles per Article Type, as either optional or required.