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What is Research Integrity?

The community expects research institutions to conduct research and communicate research findings with integrity. At Macquarie University we aim to promote and support responsible research practices by providing resources and guidance to our researchers in order to:

  • embed research integrity into the practice of our researchers;
  • make integrity an element of the quality of the Macquarie's research; and
  • include research integrity as a key attribute of Macquarie graduates.

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.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC), and Universities Australia have developed the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The purpose of The Australian Code is to guide institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. Compliance with The Australian Code is a prerequisite for receiving NHMRC and ARC funding.

Macquarie University's Responsibilities

  • Promote the responsible conduct of research
  • Establish good governance and management practices
  • Provide induction, training and continuing education for all researchers
  • Promote effective mentoring and supervision for everyone involved in research
  • Ensure a safe research environment.

Our Researchers' Responsibilities

  • Maintain high standards of responsible research
  • Ensure that research findings are reported responsibly
  • Respect research participants and comply with all requirements of Human Research Ethics
  • Respect animals used in research and comply with all requirements of Animal Research Ethics
  • Respect the environment
  • Report research misconduct.

Key Resources

The Macquarie University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (The Macquarie Code)

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (The Australian Code)