Scholarly Contributions and Roles Ontology (SCoRO)

URL
http://purl.org/spar/scoro
Documentation
http://www.sparontologies.net/ontologies/scoro/source.html
Source
http://www.sparontologies.net/ontologies/scoro/source.rdf (RDF/XML)
http://www.sparontologies.net/ontologies/scoro/source.ttl (Turtle)
http://www.sparontologies.net/ontologies/scoro/source.json (JSON-LD)
Repository
http://sourceforge.net/p/sempublishing/code/HEAD/tree/SCoRO/

*SCoRO*, the *Scholarly Contributions and Roles Ontology*, is a [CERIF-compliant](http://www.eurocris.org/cerif/main-features-cerif) ontology (summarised in the following picture) for use by authors, publishers and research administrators, for describe the contributions and roles of scholars, and the organizations of which they are members, with respect to projects, research investigations and other academic activities, and to the scholarly journal articles and other outputs that result from them. <img class="img-responsive center-block" src="/static/img/spar/scoro-diagram.png" alt="The diagram of SCoRO." /> The 2012 [Harvard – Wellcome Trust workshop on Contributorship and Scholarly Attribution](http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/attribution_workshop) concluded that we need an easy and more straightforward way to define the contributions of both authors and non-authors. Rather than using numerical quantitation for accounting such contributions (e.g. "Dr X contributed 80% and Dr Y contributed 20% of the effort to the contribution of revising the manuscript"), the workshop participants concluded that is was sufficient to say that someone was solely responsible for a particular contribution, played a major role in it, played a minor role in it, or had no part in it. SCoRO meets this requirement by creating a limited controlled vocabulary of generic terms to describe contributions within the following four general categories: * intellectual contributions (``scoro:IntellectualContribution``), including the conception and design of experiments; * experimental contributions (``scoro:ExperimentalContribution``), including provision of experimental material, undertaking experiments and analyzing data; * organizational contributions (``scoro:OrganizationalContribution``), including fund-raising and project management; and * authorship contributions (``scoro:AuthorshipContribution``), such as drafting the paper and preparing the illustrations. It also provides the option of specifying the effort for each contribution (``scoro:ContributionEffort``), relative to that of others: * solely responsible for this contribution (``scoro:solo-effort``); * contributed major effort (``scoro:major-effort``); * contributed minor effort (``scoro:minor-effort``). The default position is that a person played no part in a particular contribution, which is assumed unless one of the other effort categories is specified. In addition to specifying such contributions, SCoRO extends [PRO](/ontologies/pro) by adding subclasses of ``pro:Role`` so as to distinguish and permit the separate definition of individuals' roles, under the following categories: * investigation roles (``scoro:InvestigationRole``), such as principal investigator, research assistant or technician; * project roles (``scoro:ProjectRole``), including project leader and project manager; * data roles (``scoro:DataRole``), such as data creator, data manager or curator; * authorship roles (``scoro:AuthorshipRole``), including corresponding author, senior author, article guarantor, and consortium author (to cover entries in author lists such as "... and members of the MalariaGen Consortium"); * organizational roles (``scoro:OrganizationalRole``), including contact person, partner, rights holder. Additional background information about SCoRO are collected in the 2013 blog post "[SCoRO, the Scholarly Contributions and Roles Ontology](https://semanticpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/scoro/)".

Examples of use of SCoRO

  1. Specifying roles and contributions of an investigation
  2. Defining equal principal authorship roles

Specifying roles and contributions of an investigation

Providing a description of how a certain research is described in a published paper, highlighting the various roles of the people who were involved and indicating explicitly their contribution, is crucial in research communications. Here we show how to provide an RDF description of all these information related to a particular article, i.e., "[Adventures in semantic publishing: exemplar semantic enhancement of a research article](http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000361)", by means of [SCoRO](/ontologies/scoro). While SCoRO is used for describing person's roles and contributions, in the example it is used in combination with [FaBiO](/ontologies/fabio), that provides structured vocabulary terms to characterize scholarly publications, and with [FRAPO](/ontologies/frapo), that provides structured vocabulary terms to describe research administration, research funding, and the projects and investigations that such funding supports.

@prefix : <http://www.sparontologies.net/example/> .
@prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> .
@prefix fabio: <http://purl.org/spar/fabio/> .
@prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> .
@prefix frapo: <http://purl.org/cerif/frapo/> .
@prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/basic/2.0/> .
@prefix pro: <http://purl.org/spar/pro/> .
@prefix scoro: <http://purl.org/spar/scoro/> .
@prefix ti: <http://www.ontologydesignpatterns.org/cp/owl/timeinterval.owl#> .
@prefix tvc: <http://www.essepuntato.it/2012/04/tvc/> .
@prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> .

:shotton-et-al-investigation a frapo:Investigation ;
    dcterms:title "Experiments in Semantic Publishing" ;
    frapo:hasOutput
        <http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000361> .

<http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000361>
    a fabio:JournalArticle ;
    dcterms:bibliographicCitation
        "Shotton D, Portwin K, Klyne G, Miles A (2009). Adventures
        in semantic publishing: exemplar semantic enhancement of
        a research article. PLoS Computational Biology 5: e1000361." ;
    dcterms:creator :shotton , :portwin , :klyne , :miles ;
    prism:doi "10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000361" .

:shotton a foaf:Person ;
    foaf:name "David Shotton" ;
    scoro:hasORCID "0000-0001-5506-523X" ;
    pro:holdsRoleInTime
        :shotton-author ,
        :shotton-pi ,
        :shotton-contribution .

:shotton-author a pro:RoleInTime ;
    pro:withRole
        pro:author ,
        scoro:senior-author ;
    pro:relatesToDocument
        <http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000361> .

:shotton-pi a pro:RoleInTime ;
    pro:withRole scoro:principal-investigator ;
    tvc:atTime :pi-time ;
    scoro:relatesToEntity :shotton-et-al-investigation .

:pi-time a ti:timeInterval ;
    ti:hasIntervalStartDate "2008-05-01"^^xsd:date ;
    ti:hasIntervalEndDate "2009-04-17"^^xsd:date .

:shotton-contribution a scoro:ContributionSituation ;
    scoro:withContribution scoro:conceives-project ;
    scoro:withEffort scoro:major-effort ;
    scoro:hasContributionContext :shotton-et-al-investigation .

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Please cite the source above with the following reference:

Peroni, Silvio (2015): Example of use of SCoRO #1. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1543378


Defining equal principal authorship roles

The order in which the authors of a paper appear on the author list of the paper it self does not provide any clue about the actual authorship role of such authors, since there is no standard way to understand who is the principal author of the paper, who is a secondary author, and the like. [SCoRO](/ontologies/scoro) makes it easy to assert in a machine-readable manner that two authors on a paper, for example the first and second authors in an author list, have equal principal authorship roles by means of the object property ``scoro:isEqualToRoleInTime``, that allows one to link two ``pro:RoleInTime``situations (in principle involving two different people) as semantically equal from what concern the role they describe with regard to a certain publication. Note that, in a similar manner, two contributions can be declared to be the same, using the property ``scoro:isEqualToContributionSituation`` to equate one ``scoro:ContributionSituation`` with another.

@prefix : <http://www.sparontologies.net/example/> .
@prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> .
@prefix fabio: <http://purl.org/spar/fabio/> .
@prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> .
@prefix pro: <http://purl.org/spar/pro/> .
@prefix scoro: <http://purl.org/spar/scoro/> .

:silvio-peroni a foaf:Person ;
    foaf:givenName "Silvio" ;
    foaf:familyName "Peroni" ;
    pro:holdsRoleInTime :sp-principal-author .

:sp-principal-author
 a pro:RoleInTime ;
    pro:withRole scoro:principal-author ;
    pro:relatesToDocument
        <http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.websem.2012.08.001> .

:david-shotton a foaf:Person ;
    foaf:givenName "David" ;
    foaf:familyName "Shotton" ;
    pro:holdsRoleInTime :ds-principal-author .

:ds-principal-author
 a pro:RoleInTime ;
    pro:withRole scoro:principal-author ;
    pro:relatesToDocument
        <http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.websem.2012.08.001> ;
    scoro:isEqualToRoleInTime :sp-principal-author .

<http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.websem.2012.08.001>
    a fabio:JournalArticle ;
    dcterms:title
        "FaBiO and CiTO: ontologies for describing
        bibliographic resources and citations" ;
    dcterms:creator :silvio-peroni , :david-shotton .

Please cite the source above with the following reference:

Peroni, Silvio (2015): Example of use of SCoRO #2. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1549669