The use of Large Language Models (LLMs) and artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT are not to be listed as an author on a paper. The Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) position statement states:
‘AI tools cannot meet the requirements for authorship as they cannot take responsibility for the submitted work. As non-legal entities, they cannot assert the presence or absence of conflicts of interest nor manage copyright and license agreements.’
It is the responsibility of the submitting author to verify and validate the content of their manuscript in its entirety and ensure that it is accurate, relevant, and correctly cited.
Veterinary Evidence recognises the use of LLMs and AI as a tool to assist authors, especially for equity and inclusion reasons where tools might be used as an assistive or adaptive technology.
Authors must be transparent and disclose the use of LLMs and AI tools in the Materials and Methods section, or within the Ethic’s Statement section of the manuscript along with how the tool was used and which tool was used.
This policy will be updated as necessary.
Please visit Veterinary Evidence’s Editorial Policies for more information on publication ethics.