ChatGPT: A New Era in Research Writing Assistance


  • Muhammad Osama Foundation University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Sabah Afridi Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan



The integration of artificial intelligence in everyday tasks is becoming prevalent, and its application has extended to academic and scientific writing. The utilization of large language models, such as ChatGPT, has gained significant traction among researchers and scientific writers in recent times. According to a recent article published in Nature, ChatGPT is capable of generating text that sounds both realistic and intelligent in response to user prompts (1). A recent study published in December 2022 evaluated the ability of ChatGPT, to execute complex cognitive tasks and generate text that is indistinguishable from text produced by humans. (2), suggesting that it can be difficult for researchers to distinguish between abstracts created by AI and original ones (1). Another study published in December 2022 showed that ChatGPT could  generate precise and believable scientific abstracts (3).Likewise  An additional study published in 2022 postulated that based on the analysis of ChatGPT's applications, capabilities, and limitations, it can significantly enhance academic research across a broad range of fields. (4). A recently published literature review using ChatGPT has been cited as an example of ChatGPT application in the field of scientific writing and research (5). Moreover, ChatGPT has also been used to write and publish editorials and research papers (1, 6, 7). Despite the benefits, some researchers are still evaluating the implications and effects of using these models in the long term. (1).

This letter aims to present the advantages of utilizing ChatGPT, a large language model developed by OpenAI, in the field of scientific writing. ChatGPT can help researchers in a various ways, including generating text, summarizing text, completing the text, editing text, and creating references, bibliography and citations. The most significant application of ChatGPT in scientific writing is text generation, as the model can be used to generate outlines, abstracts, and introductions to research papers. However, it is imperative to point out that ChatGPT cannot provide text with proper citations to research papers and sources. ChatGPT can also support researchers in the text summarization process, enabling them to extract meaningful information from vast amounts of text data like research papers or articles. Additionally, some researchers use ChatGPT to analyze large volumes of text data to gain deeper insights and knowledge, which is particularly useful in qualitative research and in writing literature reviews.




How to Cite

Muhammad Osama, & Afridi, S. (2023). ChatGPT: A New Era in Research Writing Assistance. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 73(9), 1929–1930.



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