Generative AI technology has the potential to change our existing practices in literature searching, writing, publishing, teaching, and learning. The goal for this page is to share potential uses and limitations of AI tools as they emerge.
We are beginning to understand that AI tools can help authors and researchers save time when searching the literature and writing text. Machine learning models like ChatGPT help writers organize ideas, correct grammar, develop well-structured text, and summarize large amounts of text.
Literature search tools like Scite or Elicit can be useful for preliminary literature searches. They can help you create digests, summaries, and visualizations of some literature, and kick start your review.
Along with the potential benefits come potential problems like factual errors, poorly chosen or fake sources, security and confidentiality risks, plagiarism, and lack of accountability. When deciding whether and how to use AI tools in your review, first review all applicable guidelines for AI use. These include guidelines from your employer or institution, professional organizations, journals, and granting agencies (see below).