Artificial intelligence (AI) technology has advanced steadily over the past several years, and has started to introduce data-driven solutions to many processes throughout the publication process. AI tools can be developed to provide guidance to humans based on relevant data, or AI may lend toward automation of some processes without human intervention. Some processes already being considered for AI intervention include: journal selection, topic identification, reviewer suggestion, scope assessment, text duplication checking, and statistical analyses; however, this is not a comprehensive list of AI options, and the opportunities for AI use are expanding at a rapid rate.
With the advancement of AI, questions surrounding the relevant ethics arise as to if, when, and how AI could/should be used. COPE members discussed these ethical issues in the COPE Forum. Read the discussion in the pdf and send us your feedback and comments.