sbt:publish - Do I really need to include credentials in my repo?

I've looked at the example on how to integrate sbt:publish as part of the pipelines you offer 

JfrogDev/sbt-example

One thing that disurbs me is the need to have the credentials inlined in the repo.

This means that anyone with access to the repo can perform the publish operation from their laptop. For obvious reasons it's rather undesirable to allow anyone to push code to the binary repo. 

With sbt one normally uses the ~/.ivy2/.credentials file to contain the credentials needed to push binaries to e.g. Artifactory.
Using e.g. Jenkins one configures the user running Jenkins with the correct access rights thus only the Jenkins user/process is allowed to push binaries.

Is there no way as admin of a project/repo I can set the credentials outside the repo to be used by the build pipeline?

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