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A Quick Guide for Using “CustomGPTs” in ChatGPT 4

What are Custom GPTs, and how can they assist in my research?

Custom GPTs incorporate information provided by the user, such as specific data (e.g., manuscripts, raw data) and guidance (i.e. write in plain English for a non-technical audience). Thus, users can expect tailored responses and enhanced relevance and precision, which will improve performances such as literature reviewsdata analysis and drafting papers. Users can share the Custom GPTs with their collaborators. However, data privacy and security concerns that apply to the generic GPT also apply to custom GPTs. 

Explore how to use ChatGPT 4‘s ‘Custom GPT’ feature effectively. This guide covers:

⚠️ GenAI models can provide false or inaccurate answers. For information on using GenAI in your research, visit our quick guide.

Access: You need the ChatGPT Plus plan in order to use this feature. 

Getting Started


Navigate to and log in


Select “Explore GPTs” from the sidebar menu:


Choose the “+ Create” option:


You can use the “Create” option to create a standard model, but the “Configure” section provides more customized options and we’ll provide an example here. 

    1. Type your instructions for the GPT Builder in the message field – instructions can include tone, purpose, data format for the custom GPT to produce, style, and anything that can be stated in natural language: see the screenshots below for an example. 
    2. Provide a description (for yourself or others, if you make it public), and upload each file you want to initialize the GPT with (in the example given, this could be CSV (Microsoft excel compatible) files of your data and optionally add an icon for your GPT. 


Hit “Save” and decide on the sharing settings for your custom GPT.

Custom GPT Ideas


Literature Review GPT: Summarizes articles, identifies key findings and gaps.


Data Analysis GPT: Guides on which analyses to conduct and why.


‘External Perspective’ GPT: Emulates reviews from other specialists.


Publication Preparation GPT: Assists in manuscript preparation for publication.


Experimental Design GPT: Aids in experiment design, including methodology.


Field-Specific Knowledge GPTs: Provides discipline-specific advice and updates.

Additional Resources

  • See our resource hub for examples of generative AI used in research and more resources.