Research Integrity at DCU
Research integrity is about knowing and meeting your responsibilities as a researcher. It means performing research to the highest standards of professionalism, at all points of the research process – from design through to dissemination. DCU is committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of our research, as outlined in the National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland. These standards are also reflected in the DCU Code of Good Research Practice. Research integrity is a key component in the induction of graduate students and research supervisors. In order to promote best practice in responsible research behaviour, DCU provide training on Research Integrity. Useful resources are also listed in the sections below.
At Dublin City University, our commitment to upholding the highest standards of conduct in research is formally expressed in the following codes and policies:
- DCU Code of Good Research Practice
- DCU Code of Practice on Authorship
- DCU Policy for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct
These reflect the standards of the following international codes and statements;
- European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
- Singapore Statement on Research Integrity
- Seven Reasons to Care about Integrity in Research (Science Europe)
Research Integrity Online Training Module (2017-RIO)
Research Integrity is an online course delivered in five subject tracks, each tailored to a specific research disciplinary area. It is designed to enable researchers to conduct research of the highest quality, helping them meet the criteria for key funding bodies and updating them on best practice in responsible research behaviour. The course provides postgraduate students, new academic staff and research staff with a basic understanding of responsible research practices in their area of study. This includes the obligations and responsibilities that today’s researchers have, along with practical advice on how to deal with the complex situations in which they may find themselves. It features practical information that users can quickly apply to their own situations, and that captures the complexity of real-life situations. A range of interactive activities and video are used to promote an engaging learning experience, and case studies are used throughout to help ground the material in practice. By the end of the course, researchers should be able to:
- Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as a researcher
- Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities
- Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.
Research Integrity Training Programme
The Research Integrity Training Programme has been jointly developed by Research and Innovation Support and the Graduate Studies Office. Over the academic year, a number of sessions are delivered by DCU staff with expertise in the issues surrounding research integrity. 2016-17 programme (.pdf).
This programme was piloted in 2015-16 - please see previous presentations below:
- Session 1 Presentations - Research Integrity - An Introduction (17th November 2015)
- Session 2 Presentation - Ethical Considerations and DCU's Ethical Review Process (3rd February 2016)
- Session 3 Presentations - Data Protection and Data Management (6th April 2016)
- Session 4 Presentation - Dissemination of Research and Authorship (18th May 2016)
The Research Integrity Self-Assessment Exercise (RISAE) is a tool to assess your knowledge of, and learn more about, your basic responsibilities as a researcher. RISAE is divided into five sections, each focusing on a different aspect of research. Few researchers know everything about responsible research practice. This is your chance to find out what you do or do not know and to identify practices that could be improved.