The European Commission, in collaboration with members of the European Research Area (ERA) and various stakeholders, has introduced a set of directives aimed at promoting the ethical use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) within the European research sphere.

With their capabilities to accelerate the creation of text, images and code, generative AI-based tools represent a valuable resource. However, it is critical that researchers are fully aware of potential limitations and issues, including issues of plagiarism, disclosure of sensitive data, and biases inherent to the models. AttingFollowing the fundamental values ​​of research integrity, these directives aim to provide a framework for researchers, scientific institutions and funders, promoting the homogeneous management of these technologies across the continent.

The key principles

The directives focus on several key aspects:

  • Researchers are advised to exercise caution when using generative AI for sensitive tasks, such as peer review or evaluation, while ensuring that privacy, confidentiality and intellectual property rights are respected.
  • Research institutions are responsible for supporting the conscious use of generative AI and overseeing the adoption and development of these technologies within their fields.
  • Funding bodies are urged to encourage transparent use of generative AI by funded entities.

Given the dynamic nature of generative AI, these guidelines will be subject to periodic reviews, in order to integrate feedback from the scientific community and stakeholders involved.