May Artificial Intelligence Be a Co-Author on an Academic Paper?

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Artificial Intelligence, ChatGPT, Research Ethics


Dear Colleagues,

Recently, for an article submitted to the European Journal of Therapeutics, it was reported that the paper may have been written with artificial intelligence support at a rate of more than 50% in the preliminary examination made with Turnitin.  However, the authors did not mention this in the article’s material method or explanations section. Fortunately, the article’s out-of-date content and fundamental errors in its methodology allowed us no difficulty making the desk rejection decision.

On the other hand, similar situations that we may encounter later caused us to discuss how we would decide when the artificial intelligence support of the articles was written. The general opinion that we have adopted and currently available in the literature is that if artificial intelligence is used while writing an article, how artificial intelligence is used in the methodology should be written in detail.

Moreover, we encountered a much more exciting situation during our evaluation. In a few academic studies, we have seen that artificial intelligence is added as a co-author. On July 06, 2023, in the Web of Science, using the advanced search, we found four articles with the author name ChatGPT [1]. We have determined that ChatGPT is the author in one of these articles [2] and the Group Author in three [3-5].

Lee [6] stated that although artificial intelligence tools are much more advanced than search engines, they cannot be an author regarding research ethics because they cannot take responsibility for what they write. Similarly, Goto and Katanoda [7] stated that it is the author’s responsibility to confirm that the texts written by ChatGPT are correct. However, Pourhoseingholi et al. [8] reported that keeping up with technology is inevitable. Additionally, they said that“this action will be more fruitful and practical in extended dimensions when international institutes like ICMJE or COPE come up with the appropriate adjustments and establish robust criteria to scheme the AI authorship”.

Most probably, the use of artificial intelligence applications in scientific articles and whether it can be a co-author in these papers will be discussed soon.

We encourage interested authors to submit their ideas to our journal as a letter to the editor.

Yours sincerely,


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Advanced Search in Web of Science. Accessed Date 06 July 2023

Curtis N, ChatGpt (2023) To ChatGPT or not to ChatGPT? The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Academic Publishing. Pediatr Infect Dis J 42:275.

O'Connor S (2023) Open artificial intelligence platforms in nursing education: Tools for academic progress or abuse? Nurse Educ Pract 66:103537.

Vrana J, Singh R, ChatGpt (2023) “This Is ChatGPT; How May I Help You?”. Materials Evaluation 81:17-18

Rashidifard N, Wilson CA, Caffrey EA, ChatGPT (2023) What every health physicist should know about ChatGPT. Health Physics 125:63-63

Lee JY (2023) Can an artificial intelligence chatbot be the author of a scholarly article? J Educ Eval Health Prof 20:6.

Goto A, Katanoda K (2023) Should We Acknowledge ChatGPT as an Author? J Epidemiol 33:333-334.

Pourhoseingholi MA, Hatamnejad MR, Solhpour A (2023) Does chatGPT (or any other artificial intelligence language tool) deserve to be included in authorship list? Gastroenterol Hepatol Bed Bench 16:435-437.




How to Cite

Balat, A., & Bahşi, İlhan. (2023). May Artificial Intelligence Be a Co-Author on an Academic Paper?. European Journal of Therapeutics, e12-e13.