Contributorship refers to updating the way we indicate who did what in scholarly articles to better suit today’s more collaborative sciences.

Tenzing is a web app we created that facilitates reporting this information, using CRediT, the Contributor Roles Taxonomy.

Above, see a recent 9 min talk introducing contributorship and tenzing at the Metascience conference.

You can also read a read a new piece explaining contributorship and CRediT at the American Psychological Association publishing tips.

And a longer talk on the topic given some months ago:

It’s easy to get attached to your own ideas, and react defensively when someone challenges them. Four hundred years ago, Francis Bacon recognized that this human foible was a major obstacle in the quest for knowledge.

Francis Bacon. Image:Public domain.

In his book Novum Organum, Bacon wrote:

The human understanding, when it has adopted…

Semi-log plots and exponential growth, from correlation to causation with COVID19!

My cautionary tale and tutorial provides a series of plots of COVID19 data, illustrating linear and log scales, together with the pitfalls of causal inference, and includes occasional questions to facilitate understanding. It’s now graced by the addition of this figure:


I created the tutorial for my students but it assumes no knowledge, so it’s useful for others, and Roberto de Pinho has translated it into Portuguese.

Alex Holcombe

Science, Experimental Psych. Reforms. @PsyOpenAccess

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