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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

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New software checks for potential conflicts of interest by flagging whether the authors of a manuscript, the editors dealing with it, or the peer reviewers refereeing it have been co-authors on papers in the past.

Credit: Christina Spano

Frontiers, a Swiss publisher of open-access journals, has rolled out the Artificial Intelligence Review Assistant (AIRA) to check for potential conflicts of interest.

The software flags whether the authors of a manuscript, as well as the editors and peer reviewers handling it, have been co-authors on previous papers.

Said Frontiers' Kamila Markram, "AIRA is designed to direct the attention of human experts to potential issues in manuscripts."

Other publications are using similar artificial intelligence (AI) tools, but some researchers note that conflicts of interest can be subjective and difficult to unravel.

Kaleem Siddiqi at Canada's McGill University noted, "There's no real solution."

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