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Research Data Management

ECU Policies Governing Research Data Management


The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) 

In June 2018, NHMRC, ARC, and Universities Australia (the co-authors) issued the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 (the 2018 Code) and the Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Code, 2018 (the Investigation Guide). 

The 2018 Code provides clear, practical, relevant and contemporary guidance that can be applied to a range of different research contexts. The 2018 Code is a principles-based document that sets out eight principles of responsible research (P1–P8) and 29 specific responsibilities for institutions (R1–R13) and researchers (R14–R29).

The new Investigation Guide will assist institutions to manage, investigate and resolve complaints about potential breaches of the Code.

Edith Cowan University has accepted the requirements of the Code and also abides by other relevant Federal and State Government requirements governing integrity and ethical practice in research.

Members of the University undertaking research are required to be aware of the provisions of the Code, relevant University policies and guidelines governing responsible practice in research, as outlined below.

ECU Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Section 1 - General principles of responsible research
Section 2 - Management of research data and primary materials
Section 3 - Supervision of research trainees
Section 4 - Publication and dissemination of findings
Section 5 - Authorship
Section 6 - Peer review
Section 7 - Conflicts of interest
Section 8 - Collaborative research across institutions



The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 (the 2018 Code) establishes a framework for responsible research conduct that provides a foundation for high-quality research, credibility and community trust in the research endeavour.  

The 2018 Code is a principles-based document that articulates the broad principles and responsibilities that underpin the conduct of Australian research.

Developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia, the 2018 Code has broad relevance across all research disciplines.

The 2018 Code will be supported by supplementary guidance on specific topics to encourage responsible research conduct. The first guide is the Investigation Guide and a number of other supplementary guidance documents are currently being developed.

The next two documents to be released will provide guidance about authorship and data management. These are expected to be released in late 2018.


ECU Library and ECU Institutional Repository Related Policies and Guidelines

Open Access Policies

Open Access Policies, organisations and discussions


National Health and Medical Research Council Open Access Policy
15 January 2018


NHMRC supports the sharing of outputs from NHMRC funded research including publications and data. The aims of the NHMRC Open Access Policy are to mandate the open access sharing of publications and encourage innovative open access to research data. This policy also requires that patents resulting from NHMRC funding be made findable through listing in SourceIP...

All recipients of NHMRC grants must therefore comply with all elements of the NHMRC Open Access Policy"

The Global Open Policy Report (PDF) by the Open Policy Network,  provides a systematic overview of open policy development.

The report provides an overview of open policies in 38 countries, across four sectors: education, science, data and heritage.

The report includes an Open Policy Index and regional impact and local case studies.