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Emerald Publishing’s stance on AI tools and authorship

22nd February 2023

The release of the ChatGPT tool by OpenAI in San Francisco, towards the end of 2022, has stimulated a tidal wave of engagement across society, with a spectrum of emerging use-cases being put forward, both positive and potentially nefarious in nature.

There are already a range of applications of AI in use within the research and publishing sector, with applications including, amongst others, language editing, screening for potential research integrity issues, simulated student essays, summaries of research papers, and the use of AI tools as de facto research assistants.

There is understandable concern amongst academic institutions, researchers, academic editors and publishers that individuals or groups may try to pass off AI-generated work as their own original research, also resulting in incomplete and unreliable outputs.   In light of these developments, the publishing sector is stepping forward with policies and guidance in relation to the use of AI tools within the authoring and publication process.  Whilst industry standards will likely coalesce in the coming months, Emerald is adopting the following approach, as part of a watching brief on developments in the rapidly evolving AI space.

Firstly, because these tools cannot take accountability for such work, AI tools/large language models cannot be credited with authorship of any Emerald publication.   Secondly, any use of AI tools within the development of an Emerald publication must be flagged by the author(s) within the paper, chapter or case study.  Emerald is updating its author and editor advice accordingly, and these policies come into effect immediately.

We acknowledge that the sophistication of AI tools will develop rapidly, and Emerald will continue to participate fully in the publishing sector’s development of best practice standards, policies and tools.  In the meantime,  we encourage authors, reviewers and editors to continue to work with us in the pursuit of research that retains the highest levels of integrity.

Tony Roche, Chief Officer Publishing & Strategic Relationships

Emerald Publishing has since updated its stance on the use of AI tools in relation to content creation and the peer review process, details of which can be found here.


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Founded by management scholars in 1967, and now part of the Cambridge Information Group, Emerald Publishing provides a range of publishing services to help researchers tell their stories in a meaningful and timely way, providing innovative tools and services to build confidence and capability in impactful research. As a proud signatory of DORA, Emerald is committed to establishing new pathways to impact, making research more accessible, and helping communities make decisions that change their world for the better.

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