"Research integrity is an imperative for The University of Queensland, and will continue to be vigilantly upheld. It aligns with UQ’s core values, and enables us to make high-impact contributions to global efforts to effect meaningful change. Upholding this integrity is a collective enterprise, and helps maintain the essential trust that society places in high-quality research as a catalyst for local and global improvements”
Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland
Research has a significant impact in our daily lives. Whether through the advancement of medicine, telecommunications or agriculture, or by increasing our understanding of climate, poverty or history, research benefits individuals and our community. The value and benefit of research depends on its trustworthiness. Trust begins when institutions and researchers act responsibly and with integrity in proposing, conducting and reporting research.
General principles of responsible research
Although research practices can and do vary across disciplines, responsible research demonstrates the following general principles set out in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code):
- Honesty and integrity
- Respect for human research participants, animals and the environment
- Good stewardship of the resources used to conduct research
- Appropriate acknowledgement of the contributors to research
- Responsible communication of research findings
Responsibilities of institutions and researchers
Institutions, like UQ, promote the responsible conduct of research and the establishment of good governance and management practices. At UQ a combination of good policy, underpinned by the Code, and innovative training provides a solid base for our researchers to conduct their high quality research with integrity.
UQ’s suite of research conduct and integrity policies applies to all individuals who conduct research at or on behalf of the University. Researchers have an obligation and a personal responsibility to conduct research activities in an ethical and professional manner in compliance with these policies and the Code. Researchers must also act in accordance with relevant laws and guidelines of regulatory agencies and with the professional standards of the relevant discipline. Furthermore, granting agencies including the ARC and NHMRC require institutions and researchers to uphold these standards as part of their funding agreements. Departures from the standards of conduct outlined in University policies, the Code and other relevant laws and guidelines may amount to misconduct on the part of the individual researcher.
Doing Global Science (InterAcademy Council)
Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (US Office of Research Integrity)
Code of Practice for Research (UK Research Integrity Office)
The InterAcademy Partnership for Health Statement - A call for action to improve the reproducibility of biomedical research