Research increasingly involves collaboration within and between Universities and with other organisations. Collaboration enables research by offering expertise and/or resources not otherwise available. Collaboration can also create particular challenges in relation to the responsible conduct of research due to differences across disciplines and institutions in research norms, rules and regulations.

Differences between institutions in rules and regulations may affect practices related to authorship, data management, research ethics, conflicts of interest and intellectual property. Researchers involved in collaboration must ensure that differences in standards do not compromise the integrity of data collection and analysis. Effective collaboration therefore begins with a clear understanding of the roles, responsibilities and expectations of each party.

The University’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy requires that formal agreements for collaborative research with other institutions be in place before a project begins. Researchers collaborating with other institutions must act in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007, University policies and agreements that govern collaborative research.

Researchers wishing to engage in collaborative research should consult their discipline's Research Partnerships Manager or the Research Management Office for advice and assistance.

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 – UQ is currently transitioning to the 2018 Code (transition details available here)

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

Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations