The Fair Cite initiative started with a conversation in a London pub in November 2011 about how best to acknowledge the contributions of programmers and other “Alt-ac” team members when citing web-based projects in an academic context. As of early 2012 the academic culture of citation in the humanities has not caught up with this new type of academic output. Most people don’t know whose names to include when citing a database driven project that required the input of a large team of collaborators.

Fair Cite hopes to change that through a collaborative consultation process involving members of the academic community. Our hope is that together we can shape the academic culture in a way that allows those involved with projects the chance to be cited fairly as contributors, while addressing the concerns of those resistant to the idea of extending authorship beyond principal investigators or those with traditional academic positions.

As a collaborative effort, this project has benefited from the energy and ideas of everyone who has engaged in this ongoing conversation over the past several months. The materials on this website in particular are the product of a handful of scholars interested in promoting this initiative. They include:

  • Adam Crymble, King’s College London
  • Julia Flanders, Brown University
  • Bethany Nowviskie, University of Virginia
  • Ray Siemens, University of Victoria
  • Stefan Sinclair, McGill University
  • Melissa Terras, University College London

We are always happy to hear from anyone who is interested in lending their energy to the project. Emails can be sent to Adam Crymble at