About good research practice
It is important that City has in place safeguards to protect the quality of research carried out by its staff and students from initial conception through to publication and other forms of dissemination into society and that the highest professional standards are maintained throughout.
Following City’s review of the institutional value of research and knowledge transfer undertaken during 2008/09, an all-inclusive definition of research has been introduced which covers basic and applied research, policy- and practice-focused research, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurship and consultancy. References to research in this Framework should be considered as embracing all these activities as appropriate.
Research Councils and other funding bodies will take seriously any instances of misconduct. It is a standard expectation of funders that universities will have in place an explicit policy for preventing, and where necessary taking action upon, any misconduct. City will apply its procedures to any allegation whether or not the research has been funded by an external source, and will also comply with any reporting requirements of funding bodies where serious misconduct is found to have occurred, following due investigation, in the course of externally-funded research.
This document is a broad framework providing general guidance on good practice in research. It draws upon a number of externally-produced documents relating to integrity in research practice, in particular the Research Councils UK Policy and Code of Conduct on the Governance of Good Research Conduct, and the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) Code of Practice for Research. Some elements of this framework document are taken directly from these Codes. The UKRIO Code also includes a useful checklist of key points of good practice in research to consider in relation to research in any subject area. Links to these and other relevant documents and policies can be found on the main research integrity page.
City recognises that its staff and students are engaged in a diverse range of research activities and that additional guidance will be required for specific areas (e.g. clinically-based research). Staff and students should also ensure that they take full account of any professional and regulatory guidelines relevant to their specific discipline to complement this generic framework.
The Framework for Good Practice in Research is designed to be consistent with other institutional policies and procedures and City’s Statutes and is published on City’s website.