The Oxbridge Editing Blog 11th January 2024

Top Five AI Plugins for Academic Editing

11th January 2024
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The world of AI is growing exponentially every single day. If you are serious about using AI when editing, you may decide to upgrade to ChatGPT-4 and install some excellent plugins that could make the editing process easier. Read on to discover the top five AI plugins that can aid your academic edit without making you a cheater.


To improve the content of your academic work, you might need to bring some new sources and demonstrate a more comprehensive understanding of the topic. Scholar AI plugin can help in this regard as it contains an extensive collection of academic literature. It covers subjects such as Science, Health and Medicine, Journalism, Business, and Law. You just need to tell AI your subject and/or topic and you will get a list of relevant literature, together with links to specific books or articles. Consulting and incorporating these sources can prove essential for your revision. 


A thorough edit necessitates not only locating new sources but also extracting information from them. This is a lengthy process that requires browsing through many journal articles. AskYourPDF can make this process quicker. The plugin allows you to upload a PDF, such as a journal article, and summarise it in just a few steps. The AI will list key information from the article and propose a list of questions you can ask to understand the text better. As you understand the text in full, you will be able to incorporate the information in your revised work and improve its content. 


Apart from scanning through PDF documents, AI plugins can help you skim through other sources relevant to your academic edit, such as lecture slides, Word files, and online links. One such plugin is LinkReader, which not only summarises the information from various sources but also helps you interpret, analyse, and explain them. This plugin is particularly useful when needing to understand novel material and include it to improve your content and grade. 


Your professors may instruct you to edit your graphs and figures to better capture whatever you are presenting. This could be a summary of a particular model and its components, the thematic map of your qualitative findings, or a graph summarising some statistical results. ShowMe is a plugin that can help you produce compelling graphs. You’ll just need to provide information on the contents of the graph, and the plugin will generate or edit one for you. 


The last way AI plugins can aid your academic edit is by refining your reference list. Try BibGuru – one such plugin that generates citations in various formats, including but not limited to APA, Harvard, Vancouver, and Chicago. The plugin is easy to use – you’ll just need to search the title of an article or a book or drop the URL of a website, and you’ll get a matching reference in a second. This will help you edit your reference list and clean it from all mistakes. 

A key message

If used correctly, AI plugins can make your editing easier. The top five plugins can help you locate and understand relevant sources for your revised paper, edit figures and graphs, and refine reference lists. Note, however, that these plugins can be installed only if you upgrade to ChatGPT-4, and most of them require payment of their own. Thus, although useful, these plugins are not necessarily friendliest to students’ budgets.