CIRCA:Giving Credit


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An important part of closing off a project is giving credit to the appropriate people. This really matters in digital humanities projects because they are usually developed in teams where some have less power than others. It is easy for students involved to feel their work isn't properly credited by the project leads who go off and publish.

General Advice

  • Discuss credit early. It seems tacky, but it is a good idea to talk about credit at the beginning when people can then choose how they participate in light of whether they will get credit.
  • When in doubt be generous with credit. I will generally list as a co-author on papers on projects anyone who has been significantly involved in the development of the project even if they didn't help write the paper.
  • Inform others when you are going to give a presentation or submit a paper and ask if they want to be involved.
  • Tell people when a paper is published related to a project. This is useful for their records.


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