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Artificial intelligent (AI) driven language processing tools, have recently received more attention – both in the wider public, as well as in the scientific community. Their widespread availability and usage have caused both hopes and fears regarding their long-term impact on publishing, authorship, and scientific writing. Publishers and research institutions are currently trying to come up with regulations and best-practice guides, and the discussion is still very much at its beginning.
ChatGPT (generative pre-trained transformer) is a publicly free-available, language-processing tool that is driven by AI. The software is trained to react to requests made by users and reply thoroughly. When asked to describe itself in a short summary, ChatGPT replied the following:
"Certainly! I am ChatGPT, a large language model created by OpenAI. My main function is to process natural language input and generate human-like responses in a wide range of topics. I have been trained on a massive corpus of text data and have the ability to understand context, interpret language nuances, and generate coherent and sensible responses. Whether you need help with a homework question, want to learn about a new topic, or just want to chat, I'm here to assist you."
In other words, ChatGPT uses large language models (LLMs) fine-tuned by supervised and reinforcement learning techniques to recognise patterns and create new text based on it.
Since its creation discussions related to the usage of ChatGPT in scientific writing have greatly increased; regulations are being defined and its advantages and limitations evaluated. For more information, read these latest studies regarding the usage of ChatGPT in scientific writing:
As institutions and publishers have to face the fact that authors may use ChatGPT to (help) write scientific articles, they begin to set up guidelines, best practices and regulations regarding its usage. Here are some examples of information from publishers and Swiss universities: