Research Integrity Advisors play a key role in research ethics and integrity at the ANU. They assist researchers by providing a knowledge base around research integrity issues, procedures and practices.
Research Integrity Advisors are located in each College, and provide advice and guidance to staff and students about the responsible conduct of research and University processes for dealing with complaints and allegations of research misconduct. In essence, they are there to provide advice to those with concerns around research conduct and potential complainants about the appropriate way forward. They can also advise on issues relating to activities external to the ANU (e.g. authorship on research papers).
The position of Research Integrity Advisor is not a position of employment but a role under the definition of academic service.
The role of Research Integrity Advisors and how they can assist you
1. Research Integrity Advisors are experienced researchers and are familiar with the following policies and procedures. They can assist in understanding institutional and researcher responsibilities under the following policies, procedures and guidelines:
2. They aim to be accommodating and approachable, should you have questions or concerns relating to research integrity and research misconduct.
3. In cases where matters unrelated to research misconduct are raised, the advisor will be able to guide you to other appropriate support units within the University.
4. Advisors are able to provide you with confidential and impartial advice if you are unsure about a research conduct issue, or are considering making a complaint or allegation. You can discuss research integrity matters with any RIA you feel comfortable with, even if they are not from your own College.
5. In carrying out their role Research Integrity Advisors will:
- Immediately declare any conflicts of interest. In the event of a conflict of interest, the RIA will offer to refer you to a different Research Integrity Advisor;
- Not become involved in the assessment or investigation of research misconduct cases;
- Not make contact with the person who is the subject of your allegation.
Current ANU Research Integrity Advisors are listed below; it is acceptable to contact an advisor outside your College for advice. It is your choice.
ANU Research Integrity Advisors