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 Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Some details of your responsibilities are outlined in the Candidature information you receive as a new student enrolled in a research degree. The Induction Program for new students provides a compulsory session on Responsible research.
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (The Code) is one of two key documents* which guide and influence the way research is conducted and managed.
The Code advocates and describes best practice in research for researchers and institutions, as well as setting out a framework for handling breaches. It clearly specifies what you must do with respect to:
- managing research data and materials
- publishing and disseminating research findings (including proper attribution of authorship)
- obligations in peer review
- collaboration across institutions
- managing conflicts of interest; and
- managing managing allegations of research misconduct.
UniSA Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research
The UniSA Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research is a 'one-stop shop' access point to all information you will need to be compliant with The Code and related University policies and guidelines.
* See also the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
Research misconduct is a serious offence. It includes:
- the fabrication or falsification of data
- misleading ascription of authorship
- misuse of funds
- unethical conduct of research involving humans or animal subjects
- other practices which deviate from those commonly accepted within the research community for proposing, conducting or reporting research.
Misconduct does not include inadvertent errors or differences in the interpretation of or judgements about data.
Procedures associated with treatment of academic misconduct in research
degrees, including penalties, are detailed in the
- What is academic integrity?
- Higher degrees by research - policy (includes Masters Degrees by Research)
- Higher degrees by research - academic regulations (includes Masters Degrees by Research)
- Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (by Portfolio of Publications) – academic regulations