Concerns about research integrity
The definitions and types of research integrity breaches
Types of Misconduct
Below are some examples of what may be considered research misconduct.
Making up data, source material, methodologies or findings, including graphs and images;
Manipulating, changing or omitting data, source material, methodologies or findings, including graphs and images, without acknowledgement and which results in inaccurate findings or conclusions;
Destruction of research records
The destruction of one’s own or another’s research data or records to specifically avoid the detection of wrongdoing or in contravention of the applicable funding agreement, institutional policy and/or laws, regulations and professional or disciplinary standards;
Presenting and using another’s published or unpublished work, including theories, concepts, data, source material, methodologies or findings, including graphs and images, as one’s own, without appropriate referencing and without permission when permission is required;
The republication of one’s own previously published work or part there of, or data, in the same or another language, without adequate acknowledgment of the source, or justification;
Inaccurate attribution of authorship, including attribution of authorship to persons other than those who have contributed sufficiently to take responsibility for the intellectual content, or agreeing to be listed as author to a publication for which one made little or no material contribution;
Failure to appropriately recognise contributions of others in a manner consistent with their respective contributions and authorship policies of relevant publications;
Mismanagement of conflict of interest
Failure to appropriately manage any real, potential or perceived conflict of interest, in accordance with the University’s policy on conflict of interest in research;
Misrepresentation in a research proposal
Providing incomplete, inaccurate or false information in a grant or award application or related document, such as a letter of support or a progress report;
Mismanagement of research funds
Using research funds such as contract, grant or award funds, for purposes inconsistent with the agreement; misappropriating research, grant or award funds; or providing incomplete, inaccurate or false information on documentation for expenditures from grant or award accounts.
I have a concern, what do I do?
If you have a concern about research conduct at the University of Melbourne, you may wish to familiarise yourself with our processes that address breaches of research integrity, or contact us at the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity or an RIA.