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Research Integrity

Integrity is a concept of perceived consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcome.

Responsible research is encouraged and guided by the research culture of the University of Adelaide, which demonstrates:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Respect for human research participants, animals and the environment
  • Good stewardship of public resources used to conduct research
  • Appropriate acknowledgment of the role of others in research
  • Responsible communication of research results

Responsible Conduct of Research

All staff, students and affiliates of the University of Adelaide who are involved in research practice associated with the University should be familiar with and must comply with:

All researchers associated with the University must conduct their research in a manner consistent with the general principles 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.

Researchers should note that the University of Adelaide has implemented internal processes for monitoring compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research in consultation with Faculties.

  • Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research - Overview

    The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) consists of two main parts:

    Part A describes the principles and practices to encourage responsible research conduct, for institutions and researchers:

    • Section 1 General principles of responsible research
    • Section 2 Management of research data and primary materials
    • Section 3 Supervision of research trainees
    • Section 4 Publication and dissemination of research findings
    • Section 5 Authorship
    • Section 6 Peer review
    • Section 7 Conflicts of interest
    • Section 8 Collaborative research across institutions

    Part B addresses issues related to breaches of the Code, research misconduct, and the framework for resolving allegations, addressing the responsibilities of both institutions and researchers:

    • Section 9 Breaches of the Code and misconduct in research
    • Section 10 Concepts and definitions
    • Section 11 Responsibilities
    • Section 12 The framework for resolving allegations

    View the contents of the Code online.

  • Australian Research Integrity Committee

    The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) is jointly established by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

    The ARIC provides a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct. This system is intended to ensure that institutions investigate such allegations and observe proper process in doing so. The ARIC contributes to quality assurance and public confidence regarding the integrity of Australia's research effort.

    Specifically, the ARC and the NHMRC jointly administer the ARIC to:

    • Review the process by which a nominated institution has managed an allegation of research misconduct;
    • Provide findings and, where relevant, recommendations to the CEO of the ARC and/or the CEO of the NHMRC; and
    • Publish de-identified information on its activities at least annually.

    In all matters the ARIC considers whether the institution's response to the allegation of research misconduct was consistent with the framework outlined in the Code and with the institution's policies and procedures for investigating allegations of research misconduct.

    Further Information

Office of Research Ethics, Compliance and Integrity

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