Ethics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Scholarly Publishing

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Ethics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Scholarly Publishing

A New Perspective: Assessing Journals According to SDG Relevance Simon Linacre, Cabells

AI Ethics: What Should Publishers Be Talking About? Randy Townsend, American Geophysical Union; George Washington University Elizabeth Adams, EMA Advisory Services Chhavi Chauhan, American Society for Investigative Pathology Jeff DeCagna, Foresight First LLC

GW Ethics in Publishing Conference 2021

A New Perspective: Assessing Journals According to SDG Relevance Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used to reassess academic research evaluation in terms of quality and impact. Notions of impact are being adopted by the publishing industry in a paradigm shift from notions of “quality” in terms of citations. Using the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to represent a way forward in how research is both initiated, progressed and assessed, we present a case study applying an artificial intelligence rating system to ascertain degrees of impact for academic journals. Our AI system utilises the UN's 17 SDGs as normative standards to rate the impact of academic journals in business and sustainability, offering a wholly new perspective on what journal quality can mean. This presentation will cover the initial development of an AI database to create an SDG Dashboard for assessing business school curricula, the adaptation of the AI to develop a journal rating, and implications for future AI-based research in bibliometrics based on the team's experience. The pilot study resulting from the AI's development will also be showcased, where traditionally top-ranked journals perform poorly against sustainability-focused titles. Simon Linacre is currently Marketing Director at Cabells having previously spent 15 years at Emerald Publishing, where he led its management journal division and had wider experience of journal acquisitions, Open Access, research impact and business development. Simon has been published in academic journals on the topics of bibliometrics, publication ethics and knowledge transfer. Simon is a Trustee for COPE and also an ALPSP tutor. He holds Masters degrees in Philosophy and in International Business, with global experience lecturing to researchers on publishing strategies.

AI Ethics: What Should Publishers Be Talking About? Publishers increasingly rely on advances in technology to provide valuable understandings of usage, produce more engaging experiences for our readers, and create more immersive content to attract and retain attention. In this session, leaders in AI Ethics will discuss the various ways in which innovations in technology services and solutions intersect with critical aspects of the publishing industry, revealing new gray areas of ethical consideration. Elizabeth Adams (she/her) is an AI Ethics & Organizational Culture Advisor and CEO of EMA Advisory Services. She is a Scholar-Practitioner recently featured in Forbes - "15 AI Ethics Leaders Showing the World the Way of the Future." Elizabeth helps educate leaders in government, academia, and industry to mitigate bias in Artificial Intelligence systems by developing, adopting, and operationalizing Leadership of Responsible AI™ an inclusive leadership function that grounds Responsible AI frameworks. She offers 25 years of expertise in technology leadership, civic tech policy, social advocacy, inclusive tech design, and diversity and inclusion. For over two decades she has studied the science of business and technology influences on society. Elizabeth has mastered her craft by interviewing, observing, advising, and working alongside successful technical and non-technical leaders, creating alliances with communities that translate theory into results. Elizabeth is a highly sought-after international speaker who engages with her audiences through learning events, panels, workshops, and keynote speaking engagements.
Dr. Chhavi Chauhan works as Director for Scientific Outreach at the American Society for Investigative Pathology and Director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program at the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. She is one of the leaders of the Women in AI Ethics Collective and an expert at the AI Policy Exchange. She is a biomedical researcher, expert scholarly communicator, and a sought after mentor in the fields of scientific research, scholarly publishing, and AI Ethics, especially for women and minorities. She is a thought leader, a renowned international speaker, and a strong advocate for equitable and accessible healthcare. She sits at the intersection of scientific research, scholarly communications, and AI Ethics in Healthcare. Her vision is to provide equitable personalized healthcare to all, beyond geographies, and despite socioeconomic disparities. Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE, executive advisor for Foresight First LLC in Reston, Virginia, is an association contrarian, foresight practitioner, governing designer, stakeholder/successor advocate, and stewardship catalyst. In his work, Jeff advises association and non-profit boards on how they can navigate an irrevocably-altered world and shape a better and different future. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, Jeff has continued his learning with the future at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Oxford University, Harvard Business School, the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, and the Institute for the Future. In August 2019, Jeff became the 32nd recipient of ASAE’s Academy of Leaders Award, the association’s highest individual honor given to consultants or industry partners in recognition of their support of ASAE and the association community. Randy Townsend, MPS, has dedicated 15 years to scholarly publishing. He has been a steadfast leader in providing oversight to allegations of misconduct and ethical considerations. Randy sits on the Board for the Society of Scholarly Publishing, the Advisory Board for the AM&P Network’s Association’s Council, is the Chair for the Council of Science Editor’s Webinar Subcommittee, and on the International Society of Managing and Technical Editor’s Programming Committee. Randy is also the inaugural EIC for the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing and an Associate Professor of the MPS in Publishing program at George Washington University.

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