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Can ChatGPT be credited as an author?

Answer: No.

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ChatGPT has been in the news a lot lately. The large language model (LLM) chatbot from OpenAI has been used by students and journalists to scientific researchers for their writing. But some want to be clear that it shouldn’t be used to replace a human when writing.

The world’s largest academic publisher, Springer Nature, announced this week that ChatGPT cannot be credited as an author on anything that Springer publishes. This doesn’t mean that anyone publishing with Springer can’t use ChatGPT at all — it’s still perfectly fine to use it as a tool during the writing process. But you can’t let it do the work for you.

“When we think of authorship of scientific papers, of research papers, we don’t just think about writing them,” said Magdalena Skipper, editor-in-chief of Nature, Springer’s flagship publication. “There are responsibilities that extend beyond publication, and certainly at the moment these AI tools are not capable of assuming those responsibilities.”