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Subject Artificial intelligence in decision making: COPE Forum November 2019
Date November 4, 2019 4:07 PM
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Register today for the COPE Forum. Our topic is 'Artificial intelligence in decision making', followed by members presenting their cases for advice.

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November 2019

Forum Discussion Topic: AI in decision making

** Forum discussion topic: Artificial intelligence in decision making
Monday 11 November 2019

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Our November Forum will follow the usual format where we have a discussion topic, followed by members' cases presented for discussion and advice from all those participating in the Forum.

Registration closes 8 November
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has advanced steadily over the past several years, and has started to introduce data-driven solutions to many processes throughout the publication process. AI tools can be developed to provide guidance to humans based on relevant data, or AI may lead toward automation of some processes without human intervention. Some processes already being considered for AI intervention include: journal selection, topic identification, reviewer suggestion, scope assessment, text duplication checking, and statistical analyses; however, this is not a comprehensive list of AI options, and the opportunities for AI use are expanding at a rapid rate.

With the advancement of AI, questions surrounding the relevant ethics arise as to if, when, and how AI could/should be used. In this forum we’d like to start a discussion about these ethical issues, which COPE will use to develop a larger discussion document on this topic.

Questions for discussion
* Is there a clear distinction between technical automation and artificial Intelligence for automatic decision-making or actions taken in the publication process?
* Are there processes where full technical automation is acceptable or even expected? Are there processes where full automation would be deemed unethical? Similarly, are there processes where AI-aided recommendations would be expected or deemed unethical?
* What information do journals need to provide to authors (and reviewers) about AI tools in use at their journal?
* What happens if an author/reviewer disagrees with a recommendation made by or action taken by AI tools? What types of procedures should be put into place to appeal an AI action?

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