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Example: citation style APA

In accordance with the recommendation of the American Psychological Association (APA), documentation of how and for what purpose a generative AI tool was used should be included in the methods section of the publication. In shorter texts (e.g. literature reports, essays), it is recommended that the documentation of the use of the tool is addressed in the introduction.

When reproduced in the text, both the prompt and the relevant text passages from the model's response should be reproduced.

Verbatim citation – example:

Regarding the question of whether the EU health statistics allow conclusions to be drawn about a possible link between sugar and fat intake and body weight, ChatGPT answers: „Yes, there is substantial evidence that both sugar and fat intakes are related to body weight. Numerous studies have examined the association between dietary behaviors, particularly sugar and fat consumption, and body weight.” (OpenAI, 2024)

Reference – example:

OpenAI. (2024). ChatGPT (Version 3.5) [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com/share/5ea85ee7-06a9-4760-ab5c-65ee3e8f54aa

For longer responses or prompt histories, the APA requires these to be attached as supplemental material to the paper, as the texts generated by AI tools are not always reproducible. Unless the chat history can be made accessible via an individual link (see ChatGPT example above).