Artificial intelligence (AI) has rapidly become one of the most important and transformative technologies of our time, with applications in virtually every field and industry. Among these applications, academic writing is one of the areas that has experienced perhaps the most rapid development and uptake of AI-based tools and methodologies. We argue that use of AI-based tools for scientific writing should widely be adopted.
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in academic writing can be divided into two broad categories: those that assist authors in the writing process; and those that are used to evaluate and assess the quality and validity of written work. Tools such as natural language processing that can understand and generate human-like language can assist authors in writing and preparing manuscripts (Box 1). Tools such as plagiarism detection software and automated peer-review platforms can assist reviewers and editors in evaluating the quality of the manuscript. Furthermore, automated peer-review platforms can quickly and objectively evaluate large numbers of manuscripts, potentially reducing their workload1.
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The manuscript was edited for grammar and structure using the advanced language model ChatGPT. The authors thank S. Verma for addressing inquiries related to artificial intelligence.
These authors contributed equally: Roei Golan, Rohit Reddy.
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Department of Clinical Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL, USA
Desai Sethi Urology Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA
Rohit Reddy,Akhil Muthigi&Ranjith Ramasamy
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- Rohit Reddy
- Akhil Muthigi
- Ranjith Ramasamy
Correspondence to Ranjith Ramasamy.
R.R. is funded by the National Institutes of Health Grant R01 DK130991 and the Clinician Scientist Development Grant from the American Cancer Society. The other authors declare no competing interests.
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Golan, R., Reddy, R., Muthigi, A. et al. Artificial intelligence in academic writing: a paradigm-shifting technological advance. Nat Rev Urol 20, 327–328 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41585-023-00746-x
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