Elevating Scientific Research with Human-Guided AI Tools: In Conversation with Dr. Igor Osipov

Elevating Scientific Research with Human-Guided AI Tools: In Conversation with Dr. Igor Osipov

Q: What’s your take on the current and future policies of scientific journals for acknowledging the use of AI tools in research papers (authorship, reliability, training process based on AI-generated texts, etc.)?

IO: Publishers increasingly employ AI tools to streamline processes, aiding both themselves and authors, particularly those not fluent in English. While a paper might hold scientific merit, concerns arise regarding its structure, language quality, and flow. Major publishers are integrating free author-centric tools to refine output quality without altering scientific methodology or findings. This shift, evident in several leading publishers, denotes the industry’s rapid advancement.

However, ethical concerns surface as AI-generated texts with misleading references emerge, prompting a need for regulation and ethical use. This is something that publishers are rightfully concerned with.

Q: Considering the evolving landscape of technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital platforms, and advanced citation management software, how do you foresee the formatting of research papers changing in both the near and long-term future?

IO: Referring to Josh Nicholson, Co-Founder of scite, in our article “The Future of Citations: Displaying Citation Statements Natively on the Version of Record,” we have reached a stage where all types of citation statements can be categorized. This advancement enables immediate recognition of supporting or contrasting evidence when referencing something. While this process is significantly faster than manual efforts, accessing the full context of citation text still requires a separate visit to the scite report.

Our vision for the near or not-so-distant future involves integrating this information directly into the article or book being viewed. We aim to enable users to hover over a reference within the record and instantly see an excerpt of the citation statement. This would provide immediate insight into why and how a paper or any key phrase or concept is referenced in the broader literature. We are actively collaborating with publishers to implement this feature, which we believe will revolutionize researchers’ experiences by providing quick access to crucial information without the need for separate reports. This streamlined approach is poised to significantly benefit researchers, offering prompt insights without additional steps.