At Griffith, we’re committed to maintaining an environment that fosters responsible research

Many elements typify a responsible research culture, including honesty and integrity, respect for human research participants, animals and environment, good stewardship of the research resources and the responsible communication of results. We believe research ethics and integrity should go beyond compliance and be regarded as key in research design, conduct and reporting of results. In part, this is a response to:

  • the valid expectations of the wider community, which funds and supports research activities
  • our responsibilities to the human and animal participants in our work
  • the professions, academia and community who will rely on the accuracy of our work.

Integrity matters

At Griffith, research integrity covers matters such as:

  • the appropriate expertise of our researchers
  • the training of new researchers, including research students
  • adhering to ethical standards
  • the appropriate disclosure and response to conflicts of interest
  • the responsible management of research data
  • the dissemination of the results of research
  • authorship, peer review and collaborations between institutions
  • response to concerns or complaints relating to research misconduct.

National Code

In 2007 the National Health and Medical Research Council and Universities Australia released the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. This document articulates the national standards on research integrity matters to inform the responsible conduct of research.

Griffith Code

In 2008, the University approved the The Griffith University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. This document is our implementation of the Australian Code and applies to all research at Griffith.

Aboriginal Knowledge and Intellectual Property Protocol Community Guide

This Community Guide is an adaptation of the Desert Knowledge CRC Aboriginal Knowledge and Intellectual Property Protocol.

Community guide

Research integrity resource sheets

Our resource sheets cover the various components of research integrity at Griffith. You can access the full set as a PDF or download individual sheets below:

Further Resources

Research data management

Research data is collected or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results. Data management involves storing, organising and sharing this data. See our data-management guides below:

Research Integrity Advisers

Griffith University has appointed a network of experienced researchers to act as a source of collegiate advisers on research integrity matters. RIAs are not involved in the conduct of investigations into allegations of breaches of the Australian Code/Griffith Code but can be a source of advice to complainants or respondents.

Human research ethics complaints

The following resource sheets for contain information for complainants and respondents:

Animal ethics complaints

Booklet 01 of our Animal Ethics Manual also details processes for responding to complaints, alleged breaches of ethical standards, or appeals against decisions.

Research Integrity Advisers

Griffith researchers can consult our Research Integrity Advisers for advice about research conduct issues.