Disclosure of Generative AI in Scientific Writing

The COPE’ Artificial intelligence (AI) in decision making’ discussion document addresses ethical concerns surrounding AI’s integration in the publication process. While AI enhances efficiency, it prompts considerations of accountability and transparency. The recommendations offer insights for stakeholders, emphasizing responsible implementation alongside future considerations and suggested readings.

The guideline is COPE.

COPE and WAME assert that AI tools, like ChatGPT or Large Language Models, cannot be credited as authors in research publications due to their inability to assume responsibility.

AI technologies should be limited to enhancing readability and language with human oversight and control. Authors must disclose AI tool usage in the Materials and Methods section, assuming full responsibility for all manuscript content, including AI-generated portions, and any associated ethical breaches.

Authors must disclose the use of generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process by adding a statement at the end of their manuscript in the core manuscript file before the References list. The statement should be placed in a new section entitled ‘Declaration of Generative AI and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process’.

This declaration does not apply to essential tools for checking grammar, spelling, references, etc. There is no need to add a statement if there is nothing to disclose.

The comprehensive guideline is available in COPE.