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General principles of responsible research

Section 1.1: Responsibilities of the University of South Australia

(based on 1.1 to 1.6 of the Code)

The University will:

  • promote awareness of all its policies and procedures, and other guidelines and legislation relating to the conduct of research; and to make relevant documents readily available to researchers;
  • facilitate mutual cooperation with open exchange of ideas between peers respect and support freedom of expression and inquiry;
  • maintain a climate in which responsible and ethical behaviour in research is expected;
  • have a well-defined process for receiving and managing allegations of research misconduct;
  • train research staff and students in responsible and ethical research practice (1.3 of the Code) as specified in Section 3 of this Framework and related University policies;
  • promote appropriate mentoring and supervision of researchers and research trainees;
  • ensure, as far as practicable, a safe working environment in which to conduct research and, as far as practicable, the safety of all those associated with the research; and
  • ensure, as far as practicable, that agreements with contractors who conduct research on behalf of the University include a commitment to follow the general principles of the Code or this Framework or another code that is consistent with these.

Section 1.2: Responsibilities of researchers

(based on 1.6 to 1.13 of the Code)

Researchers are expected to foster and maintain a research environment of intellectual honesty and integrity, and scholarly and scientific rigour. This requires researchers to:

  • search for knowledge and understanding;
  • conduct research honestly;
  • respect the rights of those affected by their research;
  • manage conflicts of interest so that ambition and personal advantage do not compromise ethical or scholarly considerations;
  • adopt methods appropriate for achieving the aims of each research proposal;
  • follow proper practices for safety and security and comply with relevant legislation, standards and University policy;
  • cite awards, degrees conferred and research publications accurately, including the status of any publication, such as review or in press, when giving information about themselves or others;
  • promote the adoption of responsible research practice;
  • ensure, as far as practicable, that agreements with contractors that they engage to conduct research under the auspices of the University of South Australia include a commitment to follow the general principles of the Code or this Framework or another code that is consistent with these;
  • report suspected research misconduct, in accordance with this Framework and/or University policies;
  • conform to the policies adopted by their institutions and bodies funding the research; and
  • disseminate research findings responsibly.


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