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Review of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research Submission

Personal Details
This submission reflects the views of
Organisation Name: 
Flinders University
Specific comments
Specific comments: 
Specific consultation questions
Question 1: Do you like the new approach to the Code, namely the principles-based document being supported by several guides that provide advice on implementation?: 
Question 2:The draft Code is intended to be used by all research disciplines. Do the principles adequately capture the expectations for responsible research across all research disciplines?: 
Question 3: The draft Guide refers to breaches of the Code rather than providing a definition of research misconduct, and states that institutions can decide whether or not to use the term research misconduct in their own processes.: 
This guidance is clear and implementable. We do not foresee any issues with this approach.
Question 4: Do you think the process described for investigating and managing potential breaches of the Code is clearly described and practical?: 
Yes, with the exception of the following point: In the draft Guide, the burden of proof for a breach of the Code is at the ‘balance of probabilities’ level. Given the potential consequences of being found to have breached the Code, especially in more serious cases, it is proposed that the burden of proof be 'beyond reasonable doubt'.
Question 5: The Code Review Committee and working group are considering what additional resources should be developed to support implementation of the Code and Guide.: 
Question 6: Are the mechanisms for review of an investigation clearly and correctly described in Section 7.6 of the Guide? If not, where are the inaccuracies?: 
Yes, they are clearly and correctly described.
Question 7: Please comment on which three topics you would nominate as being the highest priority and why.: 
The most frequent enquiries from Flinders University researchers fall into the following three areas: • Authorship • Research Data Management • Intellectual Property and Copyright

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