About Research Integrity @ UQ

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the 2018 Code) articulates the broad principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture. The 2018 Code sets out principles and responsibilities that both researchers and institutions are expected to adopt when conducting research in Australia or under the auspices of Australian institutions.

The 2018 Code sets out the following 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

The primary responsibility for ensuring the integrity of research lies with individual researchers and institutions.

UQ is transitioning to the 2018 Code

The 2018 Code is due to replace the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 and will be accompanied by a series of guides to assist researchers and institutions in meeting their obligations. Once the guides have been released UQ will transition to the revised Code; institutions are expected to adopt the revised Code by July 2019. Details of the release of the 2018 Code and guides can be found on the NHMRC research integrity website

During the transition period the 2007 Code remains current. The 2018 Code retains the key elements of the 2007 Code (Part A) and it would be expected that institutions and researchers meeting the requirements of the 2007 Code would similarly meet the principles and responsibilities of the 2018 Code. 

UQ Office of Research Integrity

The Office of Research Integrity promotes the responsible conduct of research by providing advice and training to researchers, staff and students 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 manages the assessment of concerns regarding the conduct of research and potential breaches of the Code.

 

Additional resources

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)