WAME Recommendations on Chatbots and Generative Artificial Intelligence in Relation to Scholarly Publications

31 May, 2023

The World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Recommendations on Chatbots and Generative Artificial Intelligence in Relation to Scholarly Publications have been significantly revised effective May 31, 2023 and published at https://wame.org/page3.php?id=106 . This is likely to be of relevance to many HIFA members.

This set of five recommendations stipulates that  1) Only humans can be authors; 2) Authors should acknowledge the sources of their materials; 3) Authors must take public responsibility for their work; 4) Editors and reviewers should specify, to authors and each other, any use of chatbots in evaluation of the manuscript and generation of reviews and correspondence; and 5) Editors need appropriate digital tools to deal with the effects of chatbots on publishing.

In addition, this revision acknowledges that chatbots are used to perform different functions in scholarly publications. Currently, individuals in scholarly publishing may use chatbots for: 1) simple word-processing tasks (analogous to, and an extension of, word-processing and grammar-checking software), 2) the generation of ideas and text, and 3) substantive research. The Recommendations have been tailored for application to these different uses.

As the corresponding author, I'd be glad to have any comments/suggestions.



Chris Zielinski

Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, UK  and

Vice President, World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

Blogs; http://ziggytheblue.wordpress.com and http://ziggytheblue.tumblr.com

Publications: http://www.researchgate.net and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/

HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, which supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. He is the elected Vice President (and President-in-Waiting) of the World Association of Medical Editors. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. He served on WHO's Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. He also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. Chris has been a director of the UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). chris AT chriszielinski.com. His publications are at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris-Zielinski and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue