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Scholarly Communication

This guide provides resources to help the University of Calgary research community navigate the scholarly communication ecosystem including information on open access publishing, author rights, predatory publishers, and more.

Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Publishing

As new AI tools are created for authors, editors, and publishers, decisions will need to be made about the role of these tools within academic publishing. At present, very few organizations have made any kind of official statements regarding the ethics of AI in academic publishing. As more of these statements are created, we will keep this page updated to reflect the currently developing conversation.

At this time the University of Calgary does not have a public statement regarding AI and academic publishing, however, you can find a number of resources on academic integrity here:

COPE Position Statement on Authorship and AI Tools

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT or Large Language Models in research publications is expanding rapidly. COPE joins organisations, such as WAME and the JAMA Network among others, to state that AI tools cannot be listed as an author of a paper.

AI tools cannot meet the requirements for authorship as they cannot take responsibility for the submitted work. As non-legal entities, they cannot assert the presence or absence of conflicts of interest nor manage copyright and license agreements.

Authors who use AI tools in the writing of a manuscript, production of images or graphical elements of the paper, or in the collection and analysis of data, must be transparent in disclosing in the Materials and Methods (or similar section) of the paper how the AI tool was used and which tool was used. Authors are fully responsible for the content of their manuscript, even those parts produced by an AI tool, and are thus liable for any breach of publication ethics.

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