Research Integrity

UNSW expects the highest standards of integrity across all aspects of research undertaken by UNSW researchers. These standards are reflected in the principles of responsible research conduct.

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UNSW offers the following information, resources, support, education and training to assist its researchers in meeting these standards.

Responsible Conduct of Research

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is the national framework for honest, ethical, and responsible research conduct. It sets out the Principles and Responsibilities that researchers and institutions are expected to follow when conducting research.

Resources, Codes, Policies & Guidelines

Various resources have been collated to assist UNSW researchers enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Responsible Conduct of Research. These resources will assist researchers in meeting their obligations and developing a model of best practice in their research endeavours.

Research Integrity Advisors

Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) promote the responsible conduct of research and provide advice to those with concerns about potential breaches of the Research Code of Conduct.

Research Integrity Training

UNSW researchers must be familiar and compliant with all aspects of the Responsible Conduct of Research. UNSW provides training and resources to researchers to enable them to fulfil this obligation.
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Research Ethics and Compliance Support (RECS)

Vital information and training ensuring research is ethical and compliant with regulations and approval standards.
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Supervisors & HDR Candidates

HDR Candidates must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Supervisors have a responsibility to guide, mentor and monitor their candidates in the RCR.
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Authorship and Authorship Disputes

An authorship dispute arises when contributors disagree about who should be included as an author, the order in which they are listed, the content of the research output, who should be acknowledged or where the research output should be submitted or published.


iThenticate is plagiarism detection software available to UNSW researchers to review and assess research outputs. iThenticate assists researchers with the detection of plagiarised material in draft manuscripts and in HDR theses.

Report an issue

You are encouraged to report potential breaches of the UNSW Research Code of Conduct through the reporting portal.

Research Integrity Annual Reports

As a public institution, UNSW believes that information about research related complaints at the University, should be transparent.

Research Integrity Annual Report 2022

1 January – December 31, 2022

Research Integrity Annual Report 2021

1 January – December 31, 2021

The new UNSW Code of Conduct & Values takes effect from Friday 17th May 2024
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