#185 add @role to author

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2010-01-15
2009-05-30
Laurent Romary
No

@role is an attribute that can refine the actual role of a person in a certain cantext and already attached to <person> or <editor>
The use case is to distinguish among several author of a scholarly paper to indicate who is the actual "corresponding author" with regards the relation to the publisher.

Discussion

  • James Cummings
    James Cummings
    2009-06-26

    This seems reasonable to me with the use case provided it is cognate to <editor>.

     
  • Lou Burnard
    Lou Burnard
    2009-08-01

    • milestone: --> AMBER
     
  • Lou Burnard
    Lou Burnard
    2009-08-01

    The @role on editor is provided in order to distinguish amongst various kinds of secondary intellectual responsibility. <author> is defined as the agency having primary responsibility, which should not therefore be subdivided. If you allow @role you introduce an ambiguity I think. For this use case, I's suggest using an additional respStmt for the "corresponding author".

     
  • Laurent Romary
    Laurent Romary
    2009-09-10

    Your argument is indeed supporting the proposal. Being the corresponding author is actually subdividing the responsibility as an author into a more refined category. It would force one to duplicate information to add a respStmt there, since one cannot be a corresponding author without being an author.

     
  • Peter Boot
    Peter Boot
    2009-10-13

    I don't really think this is a role. Why not add an attribute corresponding_author with values yes or no?

     
  • Lou Burnard
    Lou Burnard
    2009-10-13

    another way would be to add author to att.naming which now delivers @role; needs discussion

     
  • Martin Holmes
    Martin Holmes
    2009-12-07

    Other specifications:

    NLM does not have an <author> tag; there's contrib/@contrib-type. However, it does have an @corresp attribute, meaning "corresponding author". It also allows for the "ranking or importance of authors", which is handled through a <role> tag. It also has @equal-contrib, which indicates "whether or not all contributors contributed equally". This appears to be the same across all four of their DTDs.
    <http://dtd.nlm.nih.gov/archiving/tag-library/>

    In DocBook, @Role is a common attribute, available on all elements. <author> can also contain <contrib>, which is a "summary of the contributions made to a document by a credited source"; <collab>, which "identifies a collaborative partner in a document".

    Do authors have different roles (aside from the "ranking and importance" they may have in the sciences)? Here are some possible distinct roles:

    adaptor (say of a novel into a screenplay)

    ghostwriter

    music composer/lyric author

    author vs artist (of e.g. a poster) -- example of "Print or photograph authors with different roles" in NLM citation guide <http://www.gfmer.ch/writing/NLM_style_individual_prints.htm>.

    author completing an unfinished posthumous work (Raymond Chandler's Poodle Springs was completed by Robert B. Parker).

    in authorship of software applications: coder, designer, etc.

    corresponding author (as noted by LR, and covered by NLM).

     
  • Lou Burnard
    Lou Burnard
    2010-01-15

    At rev 7107., both author and editor are added to att.naming, thus acquiring @ref @key and @role

     
  • Lou Burnard
    Lou Burnard
    2010-01-15

    • status: open --> closed