Re: researchers thought it would be useful to develop a way to detect AI-generated science writing
> check that the named researcher actually wrote it.
I'm not sure how that would work in practice. Consider a case where a "professor X" submits a work for publication.
The journal's editor phones the professor and asks. They say "yes, I wrote it". How much credibility does that add?
But we must also consider two other issues.
First, most published work has many authors. Often with the most prominently named authors being the most senior and frequently the least involved. Would we expect a single writing style from several contributors?
Second is the issue of false positives. A paper that a person did actually write getting flagged as AI. How should that be dealt with.
Finally, I'd say that the onus should be on the establishment the work was performed at to police their own staff. So that their reputation would suffer if their staff were found to be submitting work that was not as it appeared.