Research integrity means that research is trustworthy. To ensure trustworthiness, we use sound research methods. And we describe research outcomes with honesty and accuracy.
At the University, we describe research integrity according to three broad principles. There are also 17 procedural responsibilities and an official Statement on research integrity and digital assistance tools.
- Honesty, responsibility and accountability
- Professional courtesy and fairness in working with others
- Good stewardship of research on behalf of others
Researchers show respect for research participants, animals used in research, and the environment. Researchers adhere to the following responsibilities:
- Conduct research safely.
- Make and keep complete, clear, accurate records of all research.
- Share findings and data openly and promptly. This should happen as soon as they have established priority and ownership claims.
- Publish and communicate research with honesty and accuracy.
- Use appropriate methods. Use a high level of rigour and objectivity in research activities.
- Cite appropriately. Where applicable, get permission for the use of all published and unpublished work.
- Acknowledge all contributors and contributions to the research described in the research output.
- Be listed as a research author only when they have made a significant scholarly contribution. They must be willing to be accountable for their contribution and agree to appear as an author.
- Give fair, prompt and rigorous evaluations. Respect confidentiality when participating in peer review.
- Disclose financial and other conflicts of interest. This could compromise the trustworthiness of their work.
- Respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Encourage understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
- Supervise research trainees through training, mentoring and support.
- Undertake education and training in research integrity.
- Provide complete and accurate information in 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 research conduct with research integrity advisers. Report any suspected research misconduct.
These principles and responsibilities are influenced by the Singapore Statement (2010). This Statement guides good research practice for individuals, organisations and governments globally.
University Policy and Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
The Research Integrity and Misconduct Policy informs research integrity at the University. It describes the expected standards of conduct for anyone involved in University research. This includes academic staff, students, technical and other support staff. All researchers must familiarise themselves with the policy, and follow its requirements. They must also comply with institutional and regulatory requirements.
The University's staff and students are also bound by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. This code was developed by:
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
- Australian Research Council (ARC)
- Universities Australia.
The Code is relevant to all research disciplines. It guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices.
Supervisors have a responsibility to staff and students engaged on research projects. They must make sure that researchers have the necessary skills, experience, training and support. This will allow researchers to carry out quality research that is safe and responsible.
What is a concern?
Learn more about how we define a breach, and when you should raise a concern about research integrity.
How concerns are addressed
Find out how the University of Melbourne addresses concerns about research integrity.
Our ethics committees
Join an ethics committee and help safeguard the rigour and reputation of research at the University.
Statement on responsible use of digital assistance tools in research
Learn about the requirements and regulations related to research integrity and digital assistance tools.