Research Research Integrity
Strathclyde pursues excellence in research and as such is committed to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. This commitment is demonstrated through our Research Code of Practice and is supported by guidance and training to foster a culture of academic excellence.
This page provides information, support and guidance to define and promote research integrity, including details of our process for dealing with allegations of research misconduct.
Research integrity is another name for ‘good research practice’. It’s the conduct of research in ways that promote trust and confidence in all aspects of the research process. Read more about what research integrity is on the UKRIO webpage.
Research Code of Practice
The Research Code of Practice outlines key requirements for Strathclyde researchers with regards to research integrity. It applies to all research conducted at Strathclyde. All researchers should be familiar with this policy.
The Concordat on Research Integrity lays out various forms of misconduct. Find out more about what constitutes misconduct and how Strathclyde handles allegations of misconduct in research.
Research with Human Participants
The University Ethics Committee (UEC) is responsible for the consideration of general ethical issues relating to the teaching and research of the University which involves investigations on human beings. Find out more about how to apply for ethical approval.
Research with Animals
The welfare of all animals used in research at Strathclyde is of paramount importance to everyone involved. Find out more about the ethical standards and legislative requirements governing research with animals.
Research with Non-Human Genetic Resources
Research using non-human genetic resources (defined as “any material of plant, animal, microbial or other origin containing functional unit of heredity”) or associated traditional knowledge is subject to the UK Access and Benefit Sharing Regulations (ABS). Find out more about requirements and how to comply.
It is important to ensure the correct level of security when undertaking research. This can be particularly important to collaborators and partners. Considerations can extend from data storage to physical infrastructure and may include adherence to standards or legislation (e.g. export controls). The earlier these issues are considered and discussed the better. Find out more about the variety of processes, guidance and support available at Strathclyde to assist a researcher in navigating what can be complex decision making.
To support appropriate authorship practice, Strathclyde uses the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) Guidelines on Authorship. Find out more about the recommended good practice for publication and authorship and how to recognise the contribution of collaborators who do not meet these criteria.
Training and resources
University of Strathclyde provides online and face-to-face training that explains research integrity and misconduct in greater detail.
Training for postgraduate research students
Training for staff
- Online Research Integrity Training
- Research Integrity in Practice
- Research Integrity - Supervisor Workshop
- Research Ethics – Supervisor Workshop
UK Research Integrity Office resources
The UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) is an independent advisory body, offering support to the public, researchers, and organisations to further good practice in research. A registered charity, it was created in response to longstanding and growing concerns about the reliability of research.
UKRIO is the UK’s most experienced research integrity organisation. Since 2006, it has provided independent and expert support across all disciplines of research, from the arts and humanities to the life sciences. It works to enhance good research practice, address mistakes, questionable practices and fraud, and improve the culture and systems of UK research.
UKRIO can offer researchers:
Education – guidance and support through publications on research practice, training activities and a comprehensive events programme.
Sharing best practice – clear and honest development for the research community through facilitated discussions about key issues, informing national and international initiatives, and working to improve research culture.
Expert guidance – confidential and expert advice and guidance, as a proactive service for both institutions and individual researchers, as well as in response to requests for assistance.
- Get confidential advice on research integrity and research culture issues for example achieving good practice, publication ethics, research misconduct, research ethics, conflicts of interest and improving research culture.