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RCUK Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct

The RCUK Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct aims to help researchers and research organisations to manage their research to the highest standards. In addition it provides guidance on the reporting and investigation of unacceptable research conduct.

This document was developed following a wide consultation with partners across the higher education and research sector, and replaces the 2009 RCUK Policy and Code of Conduct on the Governance of Good Research Conduct. Predominately, it covers the promotion of good research conduct, this includes: good conduct in peer review; the need for appropriate training and development; what constitutes unacceptable research conduct; and the investigation and reporting of unacceptable research conduct (this was updated in July 2015 with a reference – page 6 – to the RCUK Guidance on best practice in the management of research data’, and again updated from 1 April 2017, in response to some of the recommendations in the Science Europe report, “Research Integrity Practices in Science Member Organisations” (July 2016), and for consistency with the policy of the Wellcome Trust. The changes are explained further at the beginning of the document.

The document is available here.

Research Integrity in RCUK is overseen by the RCUK ‘Good Research Conduct Network’, chaired by Tony Peatfield (tony.peatfield@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk). Research Council members (who are the contact people concerning matters of research integrity or misconduct) are:


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