Editorial Snapshot: Machine translation in academic writing and publishing
- Published: 2022/09/14
In the last issue of our newsletter, we tackled the looming question of AI and its potential to shake up the field of academic publishing. This time, we take a look at machine translation. Tools such as Google Translate have been around for years, and have now been joined by such newcomers as DeepL. The techniques utilized to power these tools have increased in sophistication over the years, with most now using variations of machine learning and neural networks. This is particularly exciting, given that while English is the predominant language of research publications, much research is conducted in non-English-speaking countries. The inequity this has produced is something that some researchers believe machine translation could help ameliorate in the future.