Research integrity

Research integrity can be defined as the coherent and consistent adherence to a set of principles underpinning the excellence and impact of our research at RMIT.

Research integrity means that research is trustworthy, and is honestly, ethically and responsibly conducted, described and reported. Supporting research integrity at RMIT enhances the excellence of our research and our ability to generate impact.

RMIT recognises the principles of responsible research conduct as established in the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the Code):

  • HonestyRigour and Accountability in the development, undertaking and reporting of research;
  • Transparency in declaring and managing conflicts of interest and in the reporting of research methodology, data and findings;
  • Fairness in the way we treat others;
  • Respect for research participants, the wider community, animals and the environment;
  • Recognition and value of the diversity, heritage, knowledge, cultural property and connection to land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their right to be engaged in research;
  • Accountability for the development, conduct and reporting of research; and
  • Promotion of responsible conduct of research and fostering of a culture of research integrity.

RMIT’s commitment to these principles is set out in our Research Policy suite, which sets out the standards of responsible and ethical conduct expected of all persons engaged in research at the University (i.e. academic staff, students, technical and other support staff).

RMIT also supports integrity throughout the research journey by providing training, resources and support to the RMIT research community. This includes a network of Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) that support members of the RMIT community by providing an experienced, independent and discipline-specific source of knowledge about good research practices, including the application of policy and codes that apply to researchers at the University.

Breaches of research integrity

RMIT University takes seriously the integrity of its research. If you would like to raise a concern regarding a breach of research integrity, please contact our Research Ethics and Integrity team at: researchintegrity@rmit.edu.au

Please also see the RMIT Management of Breaches of Research Integrity Procedure which outlines how potential breaches of research integrity, including potential breaches of the Australian Code for the Code and/or RMIT Research Policy, are managed at our University.

Further information

If you would like to know more about how RMIT supports research integrity, please contact our Research Ethics and Integrity team at: researchintegrity@rmit.edu.au

For RMIT staff and students, you can find detailed information and resources on research integrity, as well links to related training and support, including the RIAs, in the RMIT Researcher Portal.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.