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Research integrity

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 approach to Research Integrity and meeting the principles and responsibilities of the code, is addressed through three components of world class research, and three supporting structures:

Core Components Support Structures

Responsible Research

  • Planning Research
  • Conducting Research
  • Presenting Research

Governance, Policies and Procedures

Working with others Professional Learning
Professional Conduct Research Integrity Advisors

Research Integrity: Responsible Research; Working with others; and Professional Conduct. This approach is underpinned by policies, guidelines and resources 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.

Further information will become available throughout the year, however in the meantime if you wish to discuss further, please contact:

Research Integrity & Data Coordinator
Claire Blankley
Email: c.blankley@ecu.edu.au

Manager, Research Governance
Stacey Waters
Email: Stacey.waters@ecu.edu.au

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