How to Cite AI-Generated Content by (OpenAI, 2024)

Why are some writers ashamed of giving credit to ChatBots? 

Have you wondered what is fair use or what is or what should be cited when using AI as an assistant or as a content generator? I asked for a free chatbot or OpenAI, 2024, ChatGPT 3.5. Here is what I got. 

Following is the AI-generated response to the following prompt: Prompt: How should one give credit or cite AI-generated content? My only intervention is limited formatting

Response by OpenAI, 2024 ChatGPT 3.5 Version 1:2024:052

Giving credit or citing AI-generated content is important to acknowledge the contribution of the AI system and respect intellectual property rights. Here are some guidelines for citing AI-generated content:

# 1. Attribution to the AI System: Clearly indicate that the content was generated by an AI system. This can be done by mentioning the name of the AI model or system used, such as “Generated by GPT-3” or “Created using OpenAI’s language model.”

# 2. Description of the Process: Provide a brief description of how the content was generated, including any input data or parameters used to train the AI system. This helps readers understand the context and origin of the content.

# 3. Credit to Developers or Researchers: If applicable, acknowledge the developers, researchers, or organizations responsible for creating or training the AI system. This can be done by including their names, affiliations, or project titles in the citation.

# 4. Date and Version Information: Include the date when the content was generated and any relevant version information of the AI system used. This helps establish the temporal context and provides transparency about the technology’s evolution.

# 5. Contextual Information: Provide additional context or explanation about the purpose of using AI-generated content and its relevance to the broader topic or discussion. This can help readers understand why the content was included and how it contributes to the overall narrative.

# 6. Citation Format: Follow standard citation formats appropriate for the type of content and the citation style preferred in your field or publication. This may include formats such as APA, MLA, Chicago, or IEEE, depending on the guidelines provided.

# 7. Link to Source or Reference: Whenever possible, provide a link to the source or reference where the AI-generated content was obtained. This allows readers to access additional information about the content and verify its authenticity.

By following these guidelines, you can give appropriate credit and citation to AI-generated content while ensuring transparency, accountability, and ethical use of AI  (OpenAI, 2024).

Following are three citation suggestions. AI, APA, and MLA.


AI Guidance:

The Prompt: MLA citation for open AI or chatGPT.

AI Response: To cite an open AI chatGPT conversation in MLA format, you would follow a similar structure to citing a social media post. Here’s an example:

OpenAI. ChatGPT. Conversation with “[Your name]” ChatGPT, Open AI, Date, URL

OpenAI. ChatGPT Conversation with “Martha Joseph Watts.” ChatGPT 3.5, Open AI, 2/22/24 

MLA Guidance and Example:

“Exact prompt used” prompt. ChatGPT, Day Month Version, Open AI, Day, Month, Year, URL (

“How should one give credit or cite AI-generated content” prompt. “ChatGPT 3.5, 24 Jan “OpenAI” 22 Feb, 2024. 

APA Guidance and Example

OpenAI, (year). ChatGPT (Month Day version)[ Large Language Model]

OpenAI, (2024) ChatGPT (Jan 1, 2024 1.2024.052

Wordvice,( 2023) How to cite ChatGPT Sources in APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver.

Version 1.2024.052 (222222)

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