The official Twitter handle of Hugo Award-winning magazine Clark World made the announcement on February 20. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Neil Clarke said“Submissions are currently closed. It shouldn’t be hard to guess why”.
The magazine has had to ban writers in the past, but mostly because of plagiarism issues. However, it revealed in one Blog post That since late November (when ChatGPT was launched to the general public), the ban has largely been for AI-generated or AI-assisted submission of content. The number of banned authors increased from 50 in October 2022 to over 500 in February 2023.
ChatGPT causes the magazine to close submissions.
In a Twitter thread, the magazine explained the situation in detail. He explained that while no new submissions are currently being accepted, the magazine itself is not shutting down. He also assured that submissions would reopen in the future, but the reopening date was not final.
“We don’t have a solution to the problem. We have some ideas to mitigate it, but the problem isn’t going away. The detectors are unreliable. Submit sacrifices to pay too many legal authors. Print submissions are welcome.” There are no processes. We” Clarkesworld tweeted explaining the extent of the problem.
Another tweet also mentioned how the magazine is helpless to identify the culprits. “Various third-party identity verification tools are more expensive than magazines can afford and have regional loopholes. Adopting them would be tantamount to banning entire countries.
Another tweet also highlighted that the problem persists despite strict guidelines on AI-based work (which all submitting authors must adhere to). Clark World tweeted, “Our guidelines already say we don’t want “AI” writing or support work. They don’t care. A check box on a form won’t stop them. They just lie.”