Research integrity

Federation University aims to promote and support responsible research practices by providing resources and guidance to our researchers. We aim to maintain a strong research culture which incorporates:

  • honesty and integrity
  • respect for human research participants, animals and the environment
  • respect for the resources used to conduct research
  • appropriate acknowledgement of contributors to research, and
  • responsible communication of research findings.

Research integrity training

Research Services provides the Epigeum online 'Research Integrity, Second Edition' programme for use by all research staff and students.

The modules provide practical advice on dealing with the complex issues that can arise while planning, conducting and reporting research. The programme covers every stage of the research process.

Once you have registered, you are able to complete at your own pace.

Completion requirements are as follows:

  • Initial completion of ‘Research Integrity, Second Edition’; and then
  • Completion of ‘Research Integrity, Concise’ every 3 years.

Completion of these modules will be monitored by Research Services, with compliance checks specifically undertaken for:

  • HDR students;
  • Researchers undertaking funded research; and
  • Applicants to the Human Research Ethics Committee or the Animal Ethics Committee.

For registrationlogin and details of modules please click on the following link to the Moodle shell for Federation University Research Integrity training:

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The purpose of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) is to guide institutions and researchers in responsible research practices and promote integrity in research. The Code provides information about how to manage research data and materials; publish and disseminate research findings (including proper attribution of authorship); conduct effective peer review; and manage conflicts of interest. The Code also outlines how institutions should manage breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct, and explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers who potentially witness research misconduct.

The Code is written specifically for universities and other public sector research institutions. However, all organisations involved in research are encouraged to incorporate it as far as possible in their operating environments.

Compliance with the Code is a prerequisite for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding.

There are many ways in which researchers may deviate from the standards and provisions of this Code, including but not limited to:

  • Fabrication of results
  • Falsification or misrepresentation of results
  • Plagiarism
  • Misleading ascription of authorship
  • Failure to declare and manage serious conflicts of interest
  • Falsification or misrepresentation to obtain funding
  • Conducting research without ethics approval as required by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans and the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes
  • Risking the safety of human participants, or the well-being of animals or the environment
  • Deviations from this Code that occur through gross or persistent negligence
  • Wilful concealment or facilitation of research misconduct by others.

Researchers should acquaint themselves with, and meet the requirements of the Code as soon as possible.

Guidance to support the Code

The Code is also supported by a number of Guides that detail how to comply with the principles and responsibilities of the Code:

  1. Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  2. Authorship
  3. Management of data and information in research
  4. Peer review
  5. Disclosure of interests and management of conflicts of interest
  6. Supervision
  7. Collaborative research
  8. Publication and dissemination of research
  9. Research Integrity Advisors

View above listed guides >

Research integrity advisors

Contact a Research integrity advisor

Policies and procedures

Please also refer to the University's relevant policies and procedures.