Ethics approval and responsible practice in research
Prior to commencing your research, please consult your supervisor regarding possible ethics requirements. It is a condition of candidature that you abide by the policies, codes and guidelines for research at the national and local level.
Researchers must be familiar with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, related legislation, guidelines and codes, and University policies and procedures as outlined in the University of South Australia's Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Types of ethics approval required
With the exception of some human research projects, all research protocols that use the following subjects/material, require you to submit an application for approval.
Select the area you require ethics approval for to find out more information in the Ethics and Compliance section of UniSA's central research office (Research and Innovation Services). You will also find out about related policies and how to apply for ethics approval.
- Animal products such as bone material, organ samples, skin, fur
- Biological material (any product derived from plant or animals)
- Genetically modified organisms (even ones listed as 'exempt dealing')
- Human participants or data (including clinical drug trials)
- Human tissue
- Plant and equipment, devices and pressure vessels
- Radiation or radioactive substance (ionising or non-ionising)
Ethical conduct in research, thesis writing and
You are working as a member of the academic collegiate and therefore are expected to conduct yourself in an ethical manner in all aspects of your research and to give assurance that you will attempt to do so.
Ethical conduct in research, thesis writing and project reports includes:
Working out appropriate relationships with your immediate family members
Research can place great strains on your partner and children. It is important not to assume that those close to you will automatically give absolute priority to your research and pick up responsibilities you may find it difficult to continue to fulfill.
Conducting yourself in relation to others with whom you have to interact at any stage in your research in an ethically appropriate manner
'Others' includes your peers, supervisors, colleagues, research assistants, technical advisers and editors. It is important that you respect these people and their rights, and do not use them in a way that benefits only you.
Negotiating approval to conduct your research in various settings
Your research may take you into places where you have no automatic right to be (eg people's homes, workplaces or schools). Where your data is being collected from such settings you are required to obtain consent. Written approval from institutions must be submitted with your proposal.
Not presenting the ideas of others as if they were your own
This is plagiarism
Not falsifying your data
There are many subtle and not so subtle ways in which data can be falsified. It is important that you can be trusted to deal with the data you obtain with the utmost integrity.
Not ignoring disconfirming data
There are many ways to deliberately hide data we obtain which disconfirms or contradicts our research conclusions. Ethical researchers deal honestly with all the evidence within the limits of their skills.