Research Integrity Advisors

Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) play a key role in research ethics and integrity at the ANU. RIAs assist researchers by providing a knowledge base around integrity issues, procedures, and processes.

Research Integrity Advisors are College based and provide advice and guidance to staff and students about the responsible conduct of research and the University processes for dealing with 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 guide you on relevant University processes and procedures. 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. RIAs are familiar with the following policies and procedures and can assist you understanding these:

  • ANU Policy: Code of research conduct;
  • ANU Policy: Responsible conduct of research;
  • ANU Procedure: Research misconduct and serious research misconduct;
  • National Code: Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

2. They aim to be accommodating and approachable as the first point of contact should you have questions or concerns relating to research integrity and 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. RIAs are not part of the formal process relating to research misconduct and are able to provide you with confidential and impartial advice if you are unsure about a research conduct issue and are considering making an allegation. This includes providing you with options on how you can proceed, these include:

  • doing nothing;
  • seeking further advice from another research integrity advisor;
  • referring the matter directly to the person against whom the complaint would be made and not progressing the matter if such referral resolves the concerns;
  • referring the concerns to a person in a supervisory capacity for resolution at the local level;
  • referring the matter to an external organisation e.g. a publisher or other university
  • making a formal complaint in writing in relation to Research Misconduct.

5.  In carrying out their role Research Integrity Advisors will:

a) Immediately declare any conflicts of interest and offer to refer you to a different Research Integrity Advisor.

b) Not become involved in the assessment or investigation of research misconduct cases.

c)  Not make contact with the person who is the subject of your allegation.

d) Should keep a record of the number of enquiries they receive.

A list of Research Integrity Advisors is below; it is acceptable to contact an advisor outside your College for advice. It is your choice.

Contact point Contact details
ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences
Dr Joanna Sikora, Research School of Sociology
 +61 2 6125 4574
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
Dr Sinclair Dinnen, State Society and Governance in Melanesia
 +61 2 6125 2817
ANU College of Business & Economics
Dr Mark Wilson, Research School of Accounting and Business Information Systems
 +61 2 6125 3659
ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science
Professor Bob Williamson, Machine Learning NICTA
 +61 2 6267 6212
ANU College of Law
Dr Mark Nolan, Law School
 +61 2 6125 8354
ANU College of Science
Professor Elmars Krausz, Research School of Chemistry
 +61 2 6125 3577

ANU Medical School, Canberra Hospital Campus

Professor Narci Teoh

+61 2 6244 3804

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