A research project often culminates in publication or dissemination of the findings. This passes on the potential benefits of research to colleagues, practitioners and the wider community and fulfils obligations to funding bodies. Publication includes reporting of research in academic journals or books, conference presentations, creative works, web pages, and professional and institutional repositories.

For other researchers and society to benefit from the results of research they must be able to trust in the accuracy of reporting. Researchers therefore have a responsibility to disseminate research findings responsibly, accurately and broadly, as articulated in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018). UQ requires researchers to comply with the obligations set out in the University’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Authorship Policy and Procedureswhich include:

  • providing a full and accurate account of the research findings
  • adhering to criteria for authorship and attribution
  • citing the work of other authors fully and accurately
  • not making multiple, redundant or duplicate submissions, except where expressly allowed
  • accurately disclosing research support and conflicts of interest
  • correcting the record in a timely manner where misleading or inaccurate statements are detected.

In choosing an outlet for their work, researchers must consider funding requirements related to Open Access and the University’s Open Access for UQ Research Publications Policy and Procedures.

Authors should carefully evaluate the credibility of the publisher and journal.

Communicating research findings in the public arena

Communicating research to the public may occur through traditional media, public forums or via emerging social media technologies. Researchers have responsibilities when communicating their research to the public in relation to restrictions or embargos imposed by various parties, in how they report on research that has not been finalised (e.g. not peer reviewed) and in ensuring research participants directly impacted by the outcomes are properly informed. Communications must comply with the University’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Communications and Public Comment using The University of Queensland's Name Policy and Procedures.

UQ researchers wishing to communicate their findings to the public and in the media should consult their local discipline's school or faculty media/communications officer or UQ's Office of Marketing and Communications.

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) – UQ began transitioning to the 2018 Code in April 2019 (transition details available here)

UQ's Library guide on Getting Published: Journal Ariticles (includes Open Access)

UQ's Library guide on Unethical Publishing

Australian Research Council's  Open Access Policy

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