The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (the Code) is our country’s guide for institutions and researchers to encourage and promote integrity in research. It is designed for researchers and research institutions. For institutions, it provides a framework in which to investigate allegations that a researcher may have been involved in research misconduct and sets out the processes that NHMRC expects to be followed when allegations occur.
Allegations of research misconduct
Research misconduct is uncommon. The key is the promotion of responsible research culture within Departments, units, centres and institutions. Furthermore, good research culture will encourage people with concerns to raise these concerns early, and to deal with the issues arising in a proactive way. This means that most activity about the promotion of good practice, the prevention of misconduct, and the proper dealing with misconduct, happens at the local laboratory and departmental level and remedial action to correct the public record, undertake counseling, and any disciplinary actions occur at this level.
It is important to note that NHMRC does not investigate allegations of research misconduct, this is the responsibility of the Administering Institute as stated in the Code.