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Research Data Management

ECU Policies Governing Research Data Management

Recent developments to the


In June 2018, NHMRC, ARC, and Universities Australia 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 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.

The Code of Conduct is supported by a newly released National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated 2018, which has a section on the Collection, Use and Management of Data and Information.

More information about the changes is available in a Webinar: Data management in the NHMRC's revised National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

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


ECU Library and ECU Institutional Repository Related Policies and Guidelines

Open Access Policies

Open Access Policies, organisations and discussions

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Making Open Access a reality by 2020: A declaration of commitment by public research funders.

Researchers and research funders have a collective duty of care for the science system as a whole. The current publication paywalls withhold a substantial amount of research results from a large fraction of the scientific community and from society as a whole. No science should be locked behind paywalls as this hinders the scientific enterprise in its very foundations and hampers its uptake by society.

Today a group of 11 research funding organisations launch ‘cOAlition S’, a collective declaration of commitment whereby, after 1 January 2020, result from research funded by public grants provided by participating funders, must be published in compliant Open Access journals or on compliant Open Access platforms. It is built on Plan S, which was announced at ESOF in Toulouse in July 2018. More information

Plan S, the open-access (OA) initiative launched by the European Commission and Science Europe in September, has gained two major new members. The Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—two of the world’s largest private foundations that support research—announced today they are joining a consortium of 11 European funding agencies in requiring their funded research to be immediately free for all to read on publication ... The largest part of the policy change is that as of January 2020, Wellcome and Gates will no longer cover the cost of their grantees publishing in so-called hybrid OA journals More information


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.

Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.