Springer Nature, the world's largest academic publisher, has clarified its policies on the use of AI writing tools in scientific papers. The company announced that software like ChatGPT can't be credited as an author in papers published in its thousands of journals. However, Springer says it has no problem with scientists using AI to help write or generate ideas for research, as long as this contribution is properly disclosed by the authors.
ChatGPT and earlier large language models have already been named as authors in a small number of published papers, preprints, and scientific articles. Reaction in the scientific community to papers crediting ChatGPT as an author has been predominantly negative.
"When we think of authorship of scientific papers, of research papers, we don't just think about writing them," says Magdalena Skipper, editor-in-chief of Springer Nature's flagship publication, Nature. "There are responsibilities that extend beyond publication, and certainly at the moment these AI tools are not capable of assuming those responsibilities."
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