Research Research Ethics and Integrity Overview

Research Ethics and Integrity Overview

Research Ethics and Integrity Overview

JCUS Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Certificate of Compliance

James Cook University Singapore abides by the Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity which guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. The Code in particular promotes integrity in research for researchers and discusses the importance of:

  • managing breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct,
  • managing research data and materials,
  • publishing and disseminating research findings, including proper attribution of authorship,
  • conducting effective peer review, and
  • managing conflicts of interest.

It also explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers.

James Cook University (JCU) has adopted the principles set out in the Australian Code incorporating JCU-specific policy; see the JCUA Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research in the policy library.

JCU Singapore Researcher Requirements

It is a requirement of all JCUS RESEARCH ACTIVE staff and students conducting or participating in research (human or animal) to complete compulsory training; however for some students exemption of the CITI Human Researchers: Social and Behavioural Responsible Conduct of Research has been negotiated.

Exemption only applies to the following:

  • 4th Year Psych and MPsych (Clinical) students who complete the Epigeum Modules (on LearnJCU) for ethics training
  • Any other student who completes the Epigeum Modules for ethics training as a compulsory component of their degree

Please note: the above does not exempt any researchers from the following:

  1. Read and confirm your understanding of the following JCU research-related Codes and Procedures by submitting your signed Certificate of Compliance to the party indicated on the certificate
  2. All JCUS RESEARCH ACTIVE staff and students (non-exempt) are required to complete the relevant CITI Program or paid course:
    • Human Researchers: Social and Behavioural Responsible Conduct of Research [OR]
    • Animal researchers: RCULA (Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals) (an external and paid training course) Please contact the IACUC Secretary for details iacuc-singapore@jcu.edu.au
    • NB: For researchers conducting both Human and Animal research, you are required to complete both Social and Behavioural Responsible Conduct of Research and RCULA (Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals)

The above only need to be completed once, not for every project.

Login instructions for the CITI program website can be viewed/downloaded here . Once complete, please send a copy of the Course Certificate of Completion to researchsupport-singapore@jcu.edu.au for our records.

Completion of the above training will be checked prior to sign-off by the relevant Ethics Advisors upon submission of any ethics application.

There are a number of other useful courses within the CITI Programs suite that may be of use and accessed freely under our current licence.