Research integrity is a way of thinking and behaving that ensure that research undertaken is trustworthy.

Research merit and integrity is a core principle of the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018) also include respect for human beings, justice, and beneficence.

The RMH is committed to supporting a research culture that encourages responsible research practices based on the principles of research integrity. Responsible research practices guide researchers in the conduct of their work as well as in their engagement with the practical, ethical and intellectual challenges inherent in research.

Resources and training

The RMH research integrity information

The RMH Research Integrity information is important information for all researchers at the RMH.

Macquarie University Human Research Ethics course

The Human Research Ethics Training for Social Sciences and Humanities course is suitable for undergraduate students.

Publication ethics

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) provides leadership in thinking on publication ethics and practical resources to educate and support members and offers a professional voice in current debates.

Visit the COPE website to access information and case studies on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Allegations of misconduct
  • Authorship and contributorship
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Data and reproducibility
  • Ethical oversight
  • Intellectual property
  • Journal management
  • Peer review processes
  • Post-publication discussions

USA Office of Research Integrity

The USA Office of Research Integrity offers interactive online training in research integrity for laboratory and research clinic-based researchers.

There is also a collection of case studies relating to research integrity and summaries of actual research integrity cases:

  • The Lab – In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct", you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences
  • The Research Clinic – In this simulation, you get to become a principal investigator, a clinical research coordinator, a research assistant, and an institutional review board (IRB) chair and make decisions that affect the outcome of the story
  • Case Studies – Stories of cases in which researchers have had to deal with ethical problems and to find a way out of moral quagmires. Studies provided under chapter topics – authorship and publication, research misconduct, collaboration, data acquisition and management, peer review, conflicts of interest, mentor and trainee relationships, and social responsibility
  • Teaching the responsible conduct of research in humans by the Office of Research Integrity – In a book-type format, problem-based learning to address ethical questions involving research in humans. Each chapter contains an introduction, a glossary of terms, problem scenarios for discussion and annotated bibliographical reference
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