Principles and policy of research integrity
The principles and policy of research integrity at the University of Melbourne
Research integrity means that research is trustworthy due to using sound methods and being honestly and accurately described.
At the University of Melbourne, we describe research integrity according to three broad responsibilities, and 18 procedural principles.
- Honesty, responsibility and accountability
- Professional courtesy and fairness in working with others
- Good stewardship of research on behalf of others
Researchers demonstrate respect for research participants, animals used in research and the environment.
- conduct research safely.
- make and keep complete, clear, accurate records of all research
- share findings and data openly and promptly, as soon as they have established priority and ownership claims.
- publish and communicate research honestly and accurately.
- employ appropriate methods and use a high level of rigour and objectivity in research activities
- appropriately cite and, where applicable, obtain permission for the use of all published and unpublished work
- acknowledge in research outputs all contributors and contributions to the research described in the research output
- be listed as an author of a research output only when they have made a significant intellectual or scholarly contribution that they are are willing to be accountable for and agree to be listed as an author.
- give fair, prompt and rigorous evaluations, and respect confidentiality when participating in peer review.
- disclose financial and other conflicts of interest that could compromise the trustworthiness of their work
- respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage in ways that promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and understanding and respect between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in the conduct of research in Australia.
- supervise research trainees through training, mentoring and support
- undertake education and training in research integrity
- provide complete and accurate information in their funding applications and related documents
- use funds for research in accordance with relevant funding agreements
- consider the dual use of their research
- seek advice and discuss any concerns about the conduct of research with research integrity advisers and report any suspected research misconduct
These principles and responsibilities are influenced by the Singapore Statement (2010), the product of a global effort to guide good research practice for individuals, organisations and governments. It was produced via the 2nd World Congress on Research Integrity.