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ChatGPT Blog Post Series Part 5 - Use of AI Technology: A Guide for Scientific Writing

I have been exploring various aspects of using ChatGPT in academic writing in this blog series. There are AI tools other than ChatGPT with potential benefits and cautions as well. MS and PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and faculty members can benefit from using AI tools to enhance their writing skills and productivity. AI techniques can assist in the process of writing, editing, and evaluating scientific texts.


In this blog post, I'll share some ways to use AI technology -other than ChatGPT- in writing and provide a few tips.





Why use AI technology in writing?


Using AI technology in writing can offer many benefits for academic and scientific writer, such as helping you to:

- Improve the grammar, style, readability, and clarity of scientific texts by providing automated feedback and suggestions.

- Generate headlines that are engaging and effective.

- Find relevant literature and sources to support the research or writing.

- Identify key themes, concepts, and trends in the literature.

- Detect plagiarism.

- To translate the content into different languages which maybe very useful for multi-lingual writers.



How to use AI technology in writing?


There are many AI tools available today that can help you with your writing needs. Some of the best AI tools for writing are:


- Writefull: This proof-reading tool for scientific texts is powered by AI and big data. You can integrate the Writefull app into Word for free.


- Scholarcy: This tool summarizes academic articles and highlights the most important parts to help the author easily determine whether an article is relevant or not. Scholarcy can be used as a browser extension.


- Semantic Scholar: With this tool, researchers can efficiently locate relevant papers and studies to support their own research or writing in practically every academic field. Writers can also use this tool to discover new papers and authors and institutions that are working on related topics.


- Penelope.ai: This analyses large sets of text, such as scientific papers or research articles, to help writers identify key themes and trends in literature.


- Elicit: This helps scientific writers find published manuscripts that might not be regularly indexed by existing databases, aiding discovery of new and emerging research that can support their writing.


- CoSchedule Headline Analyzer: This is a tool that specifically helps with manuscript title creation. It can analyze headlines and suggest modifications based on word balance, length and structure.


- Quillbot: This is a tool that uses algorithms to reduce syntax complexity and increase clarity.


- Wordtune: This uses automated feedback on grammar, style and readability.



Tips for using AI technology in writing


While AI technology can be very helpful for your writing, it's important to remember that it's not a substitute for human writing. You still need to use your own skills and judgment to create effective and engaging content for your audience. Here are some tips for using AI technology in writing:


- Use AI technology as a tool, not a crutch: Don't rely on AI technology to do all the work for you. Use it as a tool to assist you with your writing process, not to replace it. You still need to plan, research, draft, revise, edit, and proofread your content yourself. AI technology may not be up-to-date with the latest research and information in your specific field.


- Use AI technology as a source of inspiration, not a source of truth: Don't blindly trust everything that AI technology generates or suggests for you. Use it as a source of inspiration or guidance, not a source of truth. You still need to verify your facts and sources since AI technology may not be able verify accuracy itself, check your logic and reasoning, and express your own voice and style.


- Use AI technology as a way of learning, not a way of cheating: Don't use AI technology to cheat or plagiarize from others. Use it as a way of learning and inspiration to springboard from.



As useful and helpful AI tools maybe, it is always important to keep in mind the limitations of using them for scientific writing. They may not be able to capture the complexities of scientific language and reasoning. They also can’t account for ethical and cultural implications of your writing and replace human judgment, creativity, and expertise.


This is the last blog post in the series related to ChatGPT. I hope you found some helpful tips for your scientific writing in the series. If you would like to explore any scientific writing topic with me and how my expertise can support you, please feel free to contact any time!



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