“Research has no value if it is not made public”

ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2007, p. 130

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. It also 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 publish a full account of their research and to adhere to the general principles of honesty, integrity and accuracy. UQ requires researchers to comply with the obligations set out in the University’s policies on the responsible conduct of research and authorship, which 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

If a researcher becomes aware of misleading or inaccurate statements in their work they must correct the record as soon as possible.

In choosing an outlet for their work, researchers must consider funding requirements related to Open Access and should carefully evaluate the credibility of the publisher and journal.

Communicating research findings in the public arena

Communicating research to the public is an important and exciting part of the research process. Such communication may occur through traditional media, public forums or via emerging technologies such as twitter. Researchers have responsibilities when communicating their research to the public in relation to restrictions or embargos imposed on communication by sponsors or funding agencies, in how they report on research that has not been finalised (e.g., not yet peer reviewed) and in ensuring research participants directly impacted by the outcomes are properly informed.

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

Key resources

4.20.02 Responsible Conduct of Research

4.20.08 Open Access for UQ Research Outputs

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

1.50.06 Communications and Public Comment using the University’s Name

Additional resources

ARC Open Access Policy

Choose the right journal for your purpose (Think. Check. Submit.)

How to handle authorship disputes (Committee on Publication Ethics)

UQ Library Guide on Publishing Journal Articles (includes Open Access)

Information on Predatory Publishing