In this commentary sheet we discuss what some have termed ‘soft misconduct’ and five ways in which institutions can deal with them. Others have reasonably observed that they are just research misconduct and should be investigated and punished as such. While this might indeed be the case, until national research integrity codes (such as the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research) list these behaviours as being research misconduct, institutions will need to deal with them with their own policies and procedures.
An institution that doesn’t have a mechanism where individuate can make complaints/make allegations where the identity of complaints will be protected or a mechanism where individuals can make anonymous complaints/make allegations, are begging for passive-aggressive behaviour, though not quite as humorous as this Don Mayne cartoon. This is Research Integrity Commentary Sheet is available for download by our Patrons.
This great print-ready infographic describes the small slips that can send you tumbling toward research misconduct.
It is an Australian modification of a resource produced by ORI.
A useful handout for a research integrity workshop. And a constructive addition to your Research Integrity Resource Library..
A recommended prompt for all researchers.
Fun image reflecting on the use of disproportionate procedures where a lighter touch would be appropriate.
A comprehensive resource (including 44 short audios spoken by Prof. Mark Israel) about the Australian Code (2018).
A template and notes to assist institutions to implement a breach investigation procedure that aheres to the Australian Code (2018) and doesn’t clash with enterprise bargain agreements.