Could Manuscript Writer software lead to plagiarism and non-transparency?

“Manuscript Writer”, a newly released piece of software released by sciNote claims it can save scientists and researchers time, by eliminating the tedium and boredom and the tedium of pulling together research data, findings and methodologies by using artificial intelligence to draft papers for them.

SciNote, the company behind the new software state that the average amount of time devoted to most scientific papers is some 72 hours. Manuscript Writer can cut that time down to a mere number minutes, if the company’s claims prove to be correct.

sciNote to Incorporate Artificial Intelligence into Its Electronic Lab Notebook

sciNote IA seems innocent enough…

Can it do my homework for me?

No. Well, Maybe. It’s not really aimed at students. And it’s not like Manuscript Writer can deliver the final polished piece of work either. Instead, SciNote says that the software gives its users a readable draft  that includes “the introduction, materials & methods, results and references of your manuscript”. It’s a big claim, but one that could change the face of the science and research paper game; if it works.

Klemen Zupancic, PhD, CEO of sciNote LLC said: “While the competition within the scientific community to publish articles in high-ranking journals is constantly on the rise, it is also vital that valuable research data are published, and therefore accessible, at the earliest possible time.

“sciNote’s ELN is already used by over 20,000 scientists to store and manage scientific data. The announcement of this new AI add-on has the potential to transform the article writing process and empower these scientists, while establishing sciNote as a leader in the industry.”

Brilliant, no?

Yes. No. Depends who you speak to. Not everyone agrees. Critics have speculated that SciNote’s ‘wunder’ AI may not be as advanced as its creators suggest, and could also find itself easily susceptible to plagiarism.

Manuscript Writer’s main selling point however is that it could dramatically simplify the process and time to prepare scientific manuscripts by using current advances in machine learning and AI. Essentially, the more scientists who use it, the better it should get. But the proof will be measured in whether the science community embrace the tool or not. The company is inviting scientists to check out the software and try it fr themselves. This is the link here. One imagines that while it probably helps if you are involved in the science world, but not necessarily.