Ethical use of artificial intelligence ("AI") in decision making in journals

The COPE ‘Artificial intelligence (AI) in decision making’ discussion document introduces issues to be considered alongside the opportunities AI solutions offer in the publication process, with recommendations on best practices.

The use of AI in the publication process is intended to increase the speed of decision making during the review process and reduce the burden on editors, reviewers, and authors. The adoption of AI raises key ethical issues around accountability, responsibility, and transparency. The guidance provides recommendations, highlighting issues of significant interest to publishers, editors, and authors in light of current technologies, and adds some insights towards future developments along with suggested reading materials.