Research increasingly involves collaboration within and between Universities and with other organisations. Collaboration enables research by offering expertise and/or resources not otherwise available. Collaboration can also create particular challenges in relation to the responsible conduct of research due to differences across disciplines and institutions in research norms, rules and regulations.

UQ researchers act in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) and the University’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy, which include the following responsibilities: 

  • Comply with the relevant laws, regulations, disciplinary standards, ethics guidelines and University policies and procedures related to responsible research conduct. Ensure that appropriate approvals are obtained prior to the commencement of research, and that conditions of any approvals are adhered to during the course of research

Differences between institutions in rules and regulations may affect practices related to authorship, data management, research ethics, conflicts of interest and intellectual property. Researchers involved in collaboration across institutions must ensure that differences in standards do not compromise the integrity of data collection and analysis. Effective collaboration therefore begins with a clear understanding of the roles, responsibilities and expectations of each party.

Researchers wishing to engage in collaborative research should consult their discipline's Research Partnerships Manager or the Research Management Office for advice and assistance.

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