Responsible Practice in Research


DATE OF APPROVAL: 19/2/93 (AB1/93-6)

AMENDMENTS: Research, October 1998; amended Academic Board 27 November 2009

REFERENCE AUTHORITY: Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research & Innovation)


Human Research Ethics Policy (RES-2) 
Care and Use of Animals for Teaching and Research Purposes (RES-3) 
Biological Hazards and Genetically Modified Organisms (RES-4)
Ionising Radiation Policy (HR-29)
Non-ionising Radiation Safety (HR-30)
Ownership and retention of data (RES-17)
Higher degrees by research (RES-10)
Academic Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research 
Code of good practice: research degrees management and supervision 
Authorship Policy (RES-12)
Statement of Authorship and Location of Data Form (docx file)
Public statements by members of University staff and students (C-5)
University activities - Intellectual Property: Ownership and Commercialisation Guidelines
University activities - Research and Consultancy Guidelines
Code of ethical conduct
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 7th edition 2004


Part A of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (released by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia) outlines the requirements of research organisations in relation to responsible conduct of research.

The University of South Australia has accepted the requirements of Part A of the Code and also abides by other relevant federal and state government requirements governing ethical practice in research. 


Members of the University of South Australia undertaking research are required to abide by the University's guidelines and policies governing ethics and responsible practice in research.


1. Part A (Sections 2, 4, 5-8) of the Code requires institutions to have clearly formulated policies and procedures on how to manage research data and materials; the protection of intellectual property rights of the institution, the researcher, research trainees and the sponsor; the criteria for authorship; how to manage conflicts of interest; and how to collaborate across institutions and accompanying University activities - Research and Consultancy Guidelines). 

2. Part B of the Code provides guidance to institutions when establishing independent external inquiries to evaluate allegations of serious misconduct.   

2.1    Maintenance of records, retention of data, publications and authorship 

The University has an Authorship Policy and guidelines on the retention of research data. 

2.2    Management of intellectual property 

The University Activities Policy incorporates policy on the management of intellectual property. 

2.3    Research training 

The University has in place a Code of Good Practice for Research Degree Supervision. 

2.4    Confidentiality and conflict of interest 

The University Activities Policy incorporates policy on confidentiality

Potential conflicts of interest in research are to be disclosed to the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research & Innovation). This may be at the time of submitting an application for funding, submitting a document for publication, accepting a research grant etc. The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research & Innovation) will maintain responsibility for disclosing such conflicts of interest to appropriate bodies.