Integrity Issues

Research Misconduct

The University expects all members of staff and students of the University and other persons authorised to undertake research in the University or to use University facilities to observe the highest standards of professional behaviour in proposing, conducting and publishing research.

It is the responsibility of all those undertaking research to be aware of their commitments and of the expectations of the University, such as those outlined in the relevant University policies.

For further information, please read the Policy on misconduct in research.

Publication and Authorship

Publication of results is an integral and essential component of research. The University encourages all researchers to promote their work through publishing and other forms of dissemination.

Authorship is an explicit way of assigning responsibility and giving credit for intellectual work. Authorship practices should be judged by how honestly they reflect actual contributions to the final product. For further information on the publication and authorship, click here.

The following resources offer training on publication ethics:

Committee on Publication Ethics Introductory Guide
Colombia University Responsible Authorship
Northern Illinois University

Below are a list of essential documents for guidance on publication and authorship:

Harvard Authorship Guidelines
How to handle authorship disputes: a guide for researchers 
Guidance for researchers on retractions in academic journals

Conflicts of Interest

The University requires that all staff and students recognise and disclose activities that might give rise to conflicts of interest, or the perception of conflicts; and to ensure that such conflicts are seen to be properly managed or avoided.

The following resources offer training on conflict of interests:

National Institute of Health (US) Tutorial on Financial Conflict of Interests

Below are a list of essential documents for guidance on conflicts of interest:

Conflict of Interest Policy for the supervision of postgraduate students

NHS guidance on conflict of interests

Data Management

The University regards the effective management of the data generated by research projects as an integral part of good research and innovation practice. There are important drivers for effective research data management, including:

  • Assurance of research integrity
  • Enhanced data security and reduced risk of data loss
  • Facilitation of data sharing and collaboration
  • The principle of open access to publicly-funded research outputs, recognised by RCUK and OECD
  • Compliance with the requirements of research funders.

For further information, click here to visit the University research data management website.

Intellectual Property (IP)

Researchers should ensure that any contracts or agreements relating to research include provision for ownership and use of intellectual property.

For further information click here to visit the University IP intranet.