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Demo for AI Symposium

Gen AI Alternatives using massive journal collections

Gen AI products that we'll be looking at in 2024-2025.  This includes products that do most or all of a complete literature review and some products that do parts: search, screening, appraising, or synthesizing/summarizing.  But these below are mostly "all in one" (a much more challenging set of overlapping tasks).

Research Rabbit uses PubMed and Semantic Scholar as its LLM.  These other AI products use similarly very large bodies of journal articles.

Research Rabbit Demo — one example of a Gen AI tool for finding more relevant studies

Documenting use of Gen AI products in searches and literature reviews

Using a Gen AI product?  Document this in your methods section.  (You have a methods section, right?)

Use in parallel with, or in place of, traditional library databases and search engines ,and list AI search tool by name and exact search prompts and any other search filters.

example 1: Used Research Rabbit with selected results from search 1, 2, and 3, to generate other possibly relevant results.

example 2: Searched Dimensions corpus using ChatGPT Plus on [natural language string], ..  Limited to years 2015-2024 (March 25) and English language only.



One journal's policy on Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC)

An Excerpt

Appreciating that the field of artificial intelligence is changing very rapidly and that tools are evolving at an exponential rate, JLSC will review developments and COPE guidelines for AI use and update this policy to reflect the most current best practice. Updates will be reflected via a time-stamp on the webpage. It is expected that content will be reviewed every 6 months by the editorial board, or more frequently if required.


If authors submitting to JLSC have used AIGC in  any portion of a manuscript, including text, data, images, graphics, videos, citations or translations, the tool and its use  must be described in detail in the Methods and/or Acknowledgements sections of the manuscript, including prompts used if appropriate, and the full text of the original AIGC be attached as supplemental material. AIGC tools include, but are not limited to, GPT-4, ChatGPT, GitHub Copilot, Bard, DALL-E2, Midjourney, and other tools trained on Large Language Models (LLMs) or SMLs (small language models) that generate unique content based on predictions. This also applies to AIGC add-ons within software offered by Microsoft, Adobe and others, as well as online applications offered by Google, Zoom, Canva, Atlas.ti and others.

In the submission process authors will be asked to complete the following statement declaring any AIGC in the manuscript:

During the preparation of this work the author(s) used [NAME TOOL / SERVICE] in order to [REASON]. After using this tool/service, the author(s) reviewed and edited the content as needed and take(s) full responsibility for the factual accuracy and originality of the material. 

Standard grammatical aid tools such as rules based softwares that automate, for example, general spelling and grammar are not considered AIGC and are not required to be listed.

If authors discover sources through the use of AI tools, they must access those sources directly in order to use and cite them in their manuscripts.

In accordance with the above COPE statement: 

  • AIGC tools cannot be listed as authors. 
  • As with standard manuscript submission, the author is responsible for the accuracy of all information provided by the tool. 

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