About Research Integrity @ UQ

 

Principles of responsible research

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018: the Code) articulates the broad principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture. This revised version of the Code was released on 14 June 2018. UQ is currently transitioning to the revised Code by July 2019.

The revised Code sets out these principles as the hallmarks of responsible research conduct:

  • Honesty in development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • Rigour in development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • Transparency in declaring interests and reporting research methodology, data and findings
  • Fairness in the treatment of others
  • Respect for research participants, the wider community, animals and the environment
  • Recognition of the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be engaged in research that affects or is of particular significance to them
  • Accountability for the development, undertaking and reporting of research
  • Promotion of responsible research practices

In addition to these principles the revised code sets out 13 responsibilities for institutions and 16 responsibilities for researchers.

Responsibilities of institutions

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.

Office of Research Integrity

The Office of Research Integrity promotes the responsible conduct of research by providing training and advice to researchers in accordance with the Code and UQ’s research conduct and integrity policies. This is achieved through online and face-to-face training and a network of Research Integrity Advisors. The Office of Research Integrity also receives and investigates concerns regarding potential breaches of the Code and research misconduct.

Key resources

The University of Queensland Research Conduct and Integrity policies

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007)

ARC Research Integrity and Research Misconduct Policy

NHMRC Policy on Misconduct

Singapore Statement on Research Integrity

Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (US Office of Research Integrity)

Code of Practice for Research (UK Research Integrity Office)

Doing Global Science - A guide to responsible conduct in the global research enterprise (InterAcademy Council)

The InterAcademy Partnership for Health Statement - A call for action to improve the reproducibility of biomedical research