Authorship Policy


The University of Adelaide Responsible Conduct of Research Policy adopts the principles embodied in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research [the Code], including the requirements for the attribution of authorship in research publications. This Policy is designed to ensure University compliance with the Code.

To be an author, it is essential to have made a substantial scholarly contribution to the published work. While specific practices may differ from discipline to discipline, there are a number of overarching ethical principles and procedures to which all researchers are expected to adhere. These formal procedures are also intended to minimise potential disputes over authorship issues.


Reviewed and reaffirmed by policy custodian for further three year period with an amendment to s.2.7 - ref: d2015/186318, 30 July 2015.

Title Version Date uploaded
Authorship Policy d2017/235206 8 Nov 2018

RMO File No. 2011/7485
Policy custodian Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)
Responsible policy officer Director, Research Branch
Endorsed by Academic Board on 6 June 2012
Approved by Vice-Chancellor and President on 14 June 2012
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Intellectual Property Policy

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Procedure for Handling Complaints of Research Misconduct

Conflict of Interest Policy

Higher Degree by Research Academic Program Rules

NHMRC Policy on the Dissemination of Research Findings

ARC Open Access Policy

Effective from 14 June 2012
Review Date 31 July 2018
Contact for queries about the policy Director, Research Branch ext: 35137

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