Research Code of Conduct

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. The code promotes integrity in research for researchers and shows how to:

  • Manage breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct
  • Manage research data and materials
  • Publish and disseminate research findings, including proper attribution of authorship
  • Conduct effective peer review
  • Manage conflicts of interest

It also explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers if they witness research misconduct.

Developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia, the Code has broad relevance across all research disciplines. James Cook University (JCU) has adopted the principles set out in the Code incorporating JCU-specific policy; see the Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research in the policy library.

Research Integrity Advisers

In accordance with the Code, JCU has appointed Research Integrity Advisers to assist with explanations of the Code in relation to research misconduct.

Advisers are not involved in any investigation and assessment of a complaint and they do not have any contact with the subject of an allegation nor are they involved in any subsequent inquiry. Research Integrity Advisers provide guidance on the options open to a person considering, making or having made, an allegation of research misconduct under the Code.

JCU's Research Integrity Advisers are:

Division of Tropical Environment & Societies: Professor Chris Walsh, chris.walsh@jcu.edu.au, 47815382

Division of Tropical Health & Medicine: Professor Denise Doolan, denise.doolan@jcu.edu.au, 42321492 and Emeritus Professor Rhondda Jones, rhondda.jones@jcu.edu.au, 47814288

Division Research & Innovation: Mr Bradley Smith, bradley.smith@jcu.edu.au, 42321798