A research project often culminates in publication or dissemination of the findings. This passes on the potential benefits of research to a wide range of individuals and organisations, including other researchers, consumers, industry, policy makers and the wider community. It also fulfils obligations to funding bodies. Dissemination includes reporting of research in academic journals or books, conference presentations, creative works, web pages, and professional and institutional repositories.

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 related to publication and dissemination of research outputs:

  • Adopt methods appropriate to the aims of the research and ensure that conclusions are justified by the results

  • Disseminate research findings responsibly, accurately and broadly. Where necessary, take action to correct the record in a timely manner

  • Cite and acknowledge other relevant work appropriately and accurately

For others to benefit from the results of research they must be able to trust in the accuracy of reporting. The responsible publication and dissemination of research outputs also involves:

  • provision of a complete account of the research findings
  • adherence to criteria for authorship, acknowledgement and affiliation
  • accurate disclosure of research support and conflicts of interest
  • appropriate protection of confidential and sensitive information
  • careful evaluation of the credibility of the publisher and journal

In choosing an outlet for their work, researchers must consider funding requirements related to Open Access and the University’s Open Access for UQ Research Publications Policy and Procedures.

Communicating research findings in the public arena

Communicating research to the public may occur through traditional media, public forums or via emerging social media technologies. Researchers have responsibilities when communicating their research to the public in relation to restrictions or embargos imposed by various parties, in how they report on research that has not been finalised (e.g. not peer reviewed) and in ensuring research participants directly impacted by the outcomes are properly informed. Communications must also comply with the University’s Communications and Public Comment using The University of Queensland's Name Policy and Procedures.

UQ researchers wishing to communicate their findings to the public and in the media should consult their local school or faculty media/communications officer or UQ's Office of Marketing and Communications.

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