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Taken from (or consistent with) the University’s Responsible Research Conduct Policy.
‘… the right, without constriction by prescribed doctrine, to freedom ... in carrying out research and disseminating and publishing the results thereof …’
Diligent and systematic enquiry or investigation into a subject to discover facts or principles.
Student, staff, honorary staff or visitor engaged in research under the auspices of Massey University
Inferior research practices such as bad data management, carelessness in observation and analysis or poorly conceived research procedures. In general, practices such as these would be referred to a senior colleague or a line manager for remediation.
A minor, often unintentional deviation from the principles of responsible research conduct and may include (but not exclusively):
Repeated or continuing Breaches of Research Conduct will constitute Research Misconduct, particularly where these have been the subject of previous counselling or specific direction.
Research misconduct is wilful deviation from the principles of responsible research conduct and includes:
Making up data, source material, methodologies or findings, including graphs and images.
Manipulating, changing or omitting data, source material, methodologies or findings, including graphs and images, without acknowledgement and which results in inaccurate findings or conclusions.
Presenting and using another’s published or unpublished work, including theories, concepts, data, source material, methodologies or findings, including graphs and images, as one’s own, without appropriate referencing and without permission when permission is required.
Categories of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
The republication of one’s own previously published work or part thereof, or data, in the same or another language, without adequate acknowledgement of the source or justification.
To be named as an author of a research output:
Inaccurate attribution of authorship including attribution of authorship to persons other than those who have contributed sufficiently to take responsibility for the intellectual content, or agreeing to be listed as author on a publication for which one made little or no material contribution.
Failure to appropriately recognise contributions of others in a manner consistent with their respective contribution and authorship policies of relevant publications.
Where a researcher has a real, perceived or potential opportunity to prefer their own interest, or those of any other person or organisation, to the interests of the University and their professional responsibilities. This divergence also suggests a level of undue bias or lack of objectivity. Conflicts of interest are often thought of in financial terms, but can take almost any form including familial, scholarly, and professional conflicts.
Situations where a conflict of interest may arise include (but are not limited to):
Failure to appropriately manage any real, potential or perceived conflict of interest, in accordance with the University Conflict of Commitment and Interest Policy.
Using research funds such as contract, grant or award funds, for purposes inconsistent with the agreement; misappropriating research, grant or award funds; or providing incomplete, inaccurate or false information on documentation for expenditures from grant or award accounts.
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Last updated on Tuesday 30 January 2018