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Research integrity

Access to online, research integrity training will be available soon!

Integrity is one of ECU’s core values - being ethical, honest and fair. Integrity is also a key component of world-class research. In Australia, all researchers are required to comply with The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code). The Code sets out the principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture that facilitate high quality research. The eight principles of the Code include:

  • Honesty in the development, undertaking and reporting of research;
  • Rigour in the 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 rights 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; and
  • Promotion of responsible research practices.

The code dives deeper and sets out 13 responsibilities for institutions who have an obligation to encourage and support responsible research conduct. It also provides 16 responsibilities for researchers to uphold in all aspects of their research.

At ECU, our application of the Code is reflected in the Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research which is currently undergoing extensive review. The revised Framework will continue to link to important policies, guidelines and resources across the University with an additional focus on creating a strong research culture. The development of this University approach to research integrity will include:

  • Policy review;
  • Process review;
  • Professional development;
  • Clear communication of responsibilities;
  • Appointment of Research Integrity Advisors; and
  • Managing reports of research misconduct.

More information will be available in early 2020, however in the meantime if you wish to discuss further, please contact:

Research Integrity & Data Coordinator
Claire Blankley

Manager, Research Governance
Stacey Waters

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