MUP policy on artificial intelligence (AI)  

Manchester University Press’ guidelines on the use of generative AI follows the COPE position statement on authorship and AI at We do not think that AI tools meet the requirements for authorship, and we ask our authors, volume editors and peer reviewers to abide by COPE’s statement.  

MUP recognises that there are ongoing debates regarding potential copyright infringement where it is not known whether or not a generative AI tool or large language model has been trained using copyright protected material. We ask authors to be transparent about their use of generative AI and check available information on how the tool was trained when considering using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT. As per COPE’s statement at the link above, we remind authors that they are ‘fully responsible for the content of their manuscript, even those parts produced by an AI tool, and are thus liable for any breach of publication ethics’.  

AI must not be used to generate any images for your book or book cover. Rare exceptions must be explicitly agreed with your commissioning editor. 

As part of the University of Manchester, MUP also agrees with the University’s position that when used appropriately AI tools have the potential to enhance teaching and learning, and can support inclusivity and accessibility. We are working with colleagues at the University of Manchester and our suppliers and partners, including freelance cover designers, typesetters and copyeditors, to discuss potential benefits and possibilities of generative AI to support publishing professionals, as well as the importance of exercising caution when using AI tools in order to use them responsibly. MUP is actively engaging in discussion on the use of generative AI in publishing via the Publishers Association AI taskforce and our publishing community. 

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