Good Practice in the Conduct of Academic Research 2

What does this mean at GCU?
  • The clear documentation of the methods and processes that are used in the research, and the preservation of such documentation for ten years, or such time as may be found in the codes of practice relating to the relevant discipline.
  • The clear and accurate records of the procedures followed and the approvals granted during the research process, including records of interim results obtained as well as of the final research outcomes.
  • The safe and secure storage of the primary data and procedures, normally for ten years but should be appropriate, and a safe and secure method of disposal after this time, all in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998*.
  • The confidentially of personal information relating to the participants in research, and that the research fulfils any legal requirements such as those of the Data Protection Act 1998*.
  • The acceptance of responsibility for the contents of a publication or research proposal by all whose names appear on it as authors.
  • The acceptance of the responsibility to seek to disseminate results of completed work, where appropriate.
  • The selection and listing of the authors in a published work in a way that fairly and appropriately reflects the contributions made by each; and including acknowledgement of contributions made by others not listed as authors.
  • Recognition of the training needs of junior researchers and those beginning their research careers, and sensitivity to the needs of those approaching the end of their research career.
  • The compliance with any University regulations relating to research including ethical, quality or approval processes.

Glasgow Caledonian is committed to working towards the establishment of the features of good practice listed above. *More information is available from the Assistant Head (Information Compliance)

These pages have been adapted from the GCU code of good practice in research, the GCU research ethics booklet, and the BPS code of human research ethics.