Academic and research integrity

About academic and research integrity

The 2018 Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) articulates the broad principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture. The Code sets out principles and responsibilities that both researchers and institutions are expected to adopt when conducting research in Australia or under the auspices of Australian institutions. The primary responsibility for ensuring the integrity of research lies with individual researchers and institutions.

UQ offers an online training module in research integrity that has been implemented at a number of Australian and international universities. The course is compulsory for all Higher Degree by Research students. It consists of interactive modules targeted to the broad discipline areas of Arts and Humanities, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Natural and Physical Sciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Authorship

HDR students are encouraged to publish during candidature and are able to included published works as part of their thesis submission. Authorship of a research output signifies that an individual has made a significant contribution to the work and is accountable for it. It also carries significant value for a researcher. It is therefore important that authorship is attributed accurately and responsibly and in accordance with the Code. The contribution of authors to a research publication will often vary. All authors, however, have responsibility for the validity, originality and integrity of the work. The University’s Authorship Policy and Procedures sets out the responsibilities of all authors.

Disputes over authorship can be avoided by having an early conversation and mutual agreement about authorship in the research process and regularly reviewing those agreements.

Staff and students who are uncertain or have a concern about any aspect of authorship may talk to a Research Integrity Advisor. Where a dispute arises the University’s Authorship Policy and Procedures encourages authors to attempt to resolve it through direct discussion amongst the individuals involved.

Data management

HDR candidates at UQ must comply with UQ’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Research Data Management Policy and with legal, statutory, ethics and funding body requirements.

The University Library provides information and planning tools in its Guide to Research Data Management to assist candidates in meeting their obligations. In developing their data management plan HDR candidates must take into consideration requirements of research agreements, funding organisations, publishers and the University's Open Access for UQ Research Publications Policy and Procedures.

UQ has adopted the highest standards of excellence in research data management. The Research Data Manager (RDM) is a robust, world-leading system designed and developed at UQ. It provides, for the first time, the means for all UQ researchers to ensure their research data is managed in line with best practice. All HDR candidates should set up a project in the RDM at the start of their candidature.

Research integrity complaints and misconduct

The University considers complaints of research misconduct as a serious matter. HDR students must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the standards set out in PPL 4.60.02 Higher Degree by Research Candidate Charter.  When an individual has concerns about the conduct of research involving an HDR candidate, including potential research misconduct, the individual is encouraged to consult and seek advice from a Research Integrity Advisor (RIA) of the Research Integrity Office (RIO) in relation to their concerns. If there is an allegation of misconduct this will be submitted to the RIO, and they will undertake a preliminary investigation. More on the process relating to research misconduct by HDR students can be found in the policy.