Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Guidelines announced by "Nature" for the use of Large-Language Models in scholarship

Yesterday, in response to the continuing development and growing use of text-generating large-language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, "Nature" and other journals published by Springer Nature added two new principles to their style sheet for authors: first, "no LLM tool will be accepted as a credited author on a research paper"; second, use of LLM tools must be acknowledged in papers. These guidelines establish that LLM tools can serve the writing of scholarship but cannot replace the role of authors and the responsibility that they must take for their work. The editorial making the announcement is also pleasantly dry, without the undertone of panic that otherwise accompanies so much writing about ChatGPT. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 25 January 2023)


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