You can download the Code of Good Research Practice here and read more about the five key areas of our research.
Researchers should be honest and ethical in respect of their own actions in research and their responses to the actions of other researchers. This applies to the whole range of research work, including experimental design, generating and analysing data, acting as a reviewer or referee on grant applications or research papers etc, applying for funding, publishing results, and acknowledging the direct and indirect contributions of colleagues, collaborators and others.Plagiarism, deception or the fabrication or falsification of results, is regarded by the Institute as a serious disciplinary offence.
The Institute takes seriously any allegation of research misconduct and will investigate such allegations.Researchers are encouraged to report cases of research misconduct and to do so in a responsible and appropriate manner.
All Institute researchers and other senior staff are responsible for creating a climate and capacity which ensures that research is conducted in accordance with good research practice.
The Institute encourages researchers to be as open as possible in discussing their work with other researchers, and with the public. The Institute recognises that this needs to be balanced with protecting their research interests in the early phases of research work such as planning, execution and pre-publication.
Researchers are encouraged to publish their research and disseminate the findings as soon as possible.
Researchers are expected to observe the standards of research practice set out in guidelines published by funding bodies, scientific and learned societies and other relevant professional bodies.All researchers should be aware of, and comply with, the legal requirements which regulate their work.
All research conducted by the Institute must be carried out in accordance with appropriate Ethical Review requirements.
If material differences are made to the research protocol, then further ethical approval should be sought where appropriate.
Researchers should keep clear and accurate records of the procedure followed and the approvals granted during the research process, including records of the interim results obtained as well as the final research outcomes. This is necessary not only as a means of demonstrating proper research practice, but also in case questions are subsequently asked about either the conduct of the research or the results obtained.
The Institute expects its researchers to comply with legal data protection requirements that regulate their work.
The contributions of formal collaborators and all others who directly assist or indirectly support the work should be properly acknowledged.
Researchers should be satisfied that standards and procedures at the organisations with which they are collaborating are suitable for the conduct of the research.
Researchers should declare and manage any real or potential conflicts of interest both financial and professional.