I’ve never disguised my pessimism about the threatened use of artificial intelligence to automate the editorial quality control of copy, but there’s no denying that when it comes to the heavy lifting involved with spotting plagiarism and manipulation, AI does not tire, it does not become distracted and it definitely does not need a cup of tea to reach peak alertness.

The findings of an AI-powered study by Dr Sholto David – highlighted in a news update for The Publication Plan – that as much as 16% of images in biomedical journals may be duplicated or manipulated, is worrying. With wider application of AI tools, dodgy results should be harder to get away with in future. Read all about it at: https://thepublicationplan.com/2024/01/26/image-duplication-in-scientific-papers-how-ai-outperforms-humans-at-detecting-research-misconduct/.