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Research Integrity

High-quality research at The University of Adelaide relies on the professional way in which our researchers conduct themselves and their research endeavours.

The University expects all researchers associated with our institution to abide by the basic principles of Honesty, Rigour, Transparency, Fairness, Respect, Recognition, Accountability and Promotion as outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the 'Code').

Researchers are required to: support a culture of responsible research; comply with relevant laws, regulation guidelines and policies; apply ethical principles and meet relevant ethical standards; use appropriate methods; retain research records appropriately; disseminate research findings and involvement of others accurately; disclose conflicts of interest; and report suspected breaches.

To assist researchers, the University has formally adopted the Code through its Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and is developing a suite of policies to support the specific responsibilities outlined in the Code.

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

This Code has been jointly developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia, and has broad relevance across all research disciplines.

The Code also has a companion Guide that provides a framework on how to deal with departures from best practice.

All researchers associated with the University must conduct their research in a manner consistent with the principles & responsibilities outlined in the Code and conduct their research in compliance with other legal or regulatory requirements and any University procedures or guidelines relevant to their field of research.

Compliance with the principles outlined in the Code is a requirement for the receipt of funding from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. For funding received from the United States Public Health Services (PHS) compliance with the PHS Policies on Research Misconduct 42CFR Part 93 Link to external website is also required.

This Code does not incorporate all the laws, regulations, guidelines and other codes of practice that apply to the conduct of research within Australia. For a more comprehensive list, visit the Legal and Risk Compliance website.

Office of Research Ethics, Compliance and Integrity

Research Services


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