Research Code of Conduct

The James Cook University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Research Code) sets out JCU’s expectations for the conduct of all persons engaged in research under the auspices of the University. The JCU Research Code was adapted from the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (National Code) that was jointly developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHM\RC), The Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia.

The JCU Research Code consists of eight general principles of responsible research conduct, thirteen institutional responsibilities and sixteen researcher responsibilities.

These principles and responsibilities must be followed when conducting research.

The eight general Principles of the Research Code are the foundation of research culture at JCU:

Principle 1 Honesty in the development, undertaking and reporting of research

Principle 2 Rigour in the development, undertaking and reporting of research

Principle 3 Transparency in declaring interests and reporting research methodology, data and findings

Principle 4 Fairness in the treatment of others

Principle 5 Respect for research participants, the wider community, animals and the environment

Principle 6 Recognition of the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be engaged in research that affects or is of particular significance to them

Principle 7 Accountability for the development, undertaking and reporting of research

Principle 8 Promotion of responsible research practices

The JCU Research Code is supported by a number of JCU Procedures. These Procedures have been adapted from the relevant NHMRC Guides that were released to support the National Code.

The Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the James Cook University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Research Code) Procedure, forms a critical framework to underpin, enact and respond to breaches of the Research Code. It provides a framework for managing, investigating allegations and resolving breaches under the Research Code. The Procedure applies to all persons engaged in research under JCU auspices. The Procedure outlines the steps that must be followed when an allegation of a potential breach of the Research Code or research misconduct is made.

The list of other JCU Procedures to support the Research Code can be found in the JCU Policy Library and include:

  • Authorship Procedure
  • Peer Review Procedure
  • Disclosure of Interest and Management of Conflict of Interest Procedure
  • Collaborative Research Procedure
  • Research Integrity Advisors Procedure