Using ChatGPT in academic writing is (not) a form of plagiarism: What does the literature say?

Adeeb M. Jarrah, Yousef Wardat, Patricia Fidalgo

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This study aims to review the existing literature on using ChatGPT in academic writing and its implications regarding plagiarism. Various databases, including Scopus, Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, and ProQuest, were searched using specific keywords related to ChatGPT in academia, academic research, higher education, academic publishing, and ethical challenges. The review provides an overview of studies investigating the use of ChatGPT in academic writing and its potential association with plagiarism. The results of this study contribute to our understanding of the use and misuse of ChatGPT in academic writing, considering the growing concern regarding plagiarism in higher education. The findings suggest that ChatGPT can be a valuable writing tool; however, it is crucial to follow responsible practices to uphold academic integrity and ensure ethical use. Properly citing and attributing ChatGPT’s contribution is essential in recognizing its role, preventing plagiarism, and upholding the principles of scholarly writing. By adhering to established citation guidelines, authors can maximize ChatGPT’s benefits while maintaining responsible usage.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202346
JournalOnline Journal of Communication and Media Technologies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • ChatGPT
  • academic integrity
  • academic writing
  • artificial Intelligence
  • plagiarism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications


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