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Research Integrity and HDR Candidates

Macquarie University aims to develop new researchers with a strong culture of research integrity. The University provides resources and training to research students to assist them in learning about research integrity.

Research students, like all researchers at Macquarie, are expected to comply with Macquarie University's research integrity guidelines and conduct responsible research. Research students should discuss research integrity with their supervisors. In particular they should make sure they understand how to conduct responsible research in relation to:

  • The ethical approval requirements of their project
  • The safety requirements of their project
  • Respect for the environment
  • Management of research data
  • Responsible publication and dissemination of findings
  • Appropriate attribution of authorship
  • Peer review
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Collaborations
  • Reporting suspected research misconduct

Responsibilities of Supervisors at Macquarie

  • Ensure that research integrity training for students starts as soon as possible after the commencement of a new student and continues throughout their candidature with regular updates.
  • Mentor and provide support to guide the professional development of students.
  • Ensure valid and accurate research by providing suitable oversight.
  • Ensure that that a student's project has all necessary ethical and biosafety approvals prior to commencing research. If there is doubt about the need for approval, advice should be sought from Macquarie University Research Ethics and Integrity.
  • Ensure appropriate attribution, including ensuring that students receive appropriate credit for their work.
  • Ensure the student's research data and materials are held with appropriate security and that data and materials are retained within the University for at least five years, or longer if necessary.

Responsibilities of Higher Degree Research Students

  • Display a professional attitude towards research and actively seek guidance from supervisors
  • Complete all induction and training courses as soon as practical after commencing.

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