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.
At Griffith, research integrity covers matters such as:
- the appropriate expertise of our researchers
- the training of new researcher, 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.
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.
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.
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:
- The responsible conduct of research at Griffith University (PDF 380k)
- Publication ethics and the associated research integrity considerations (PDF 290k)
- Research integrity and authorship: Resource to assist collaborators (PDF 508k) and Authorship Agreement Form (DOC 84k)
- The responsible management of research data and materials (PDF 460k)
- Conflicts of Interest as a research integrity consideration (PDF 420k)
- Responsibilities of HDR Supervisors - Research Integrity at Griffith University (PDF 493k)
- Peer review and research integrity (PDF 264k)
- Collaborative work: Practical tips (PDF 336k)
- Griffith University's Research Integrity Advisers (PDF 352K)
- Alleged breaches: Advice to complainants (PDF 420k)
- Alleged breaches: Advice to respondents (PDF 352k)
- Clinical Privileging (Credentialing) (PDF 288k)
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:
- Best practice guidelines for researchers: Managing research data and primary materials
- Off-site storage of research data (log-in required).
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. You can see a list of Griffith's current RIAs here, more about their role here, and more about their appointment here.
Human research ethics complaints
The following resource sheets for contain information for complainants and respondents:
Animal ethics complaintsBooklet 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 (RIAs) for advice about research conduct issues.