Training and resources
Macquarie University is committed to providing its research staff and students with resources and development opportunities to support responsible research practices. Face-to-face training sessions will be facilitated by the Research Ethics and Integrity team and faculties. Contact the Research Ethics and Integrity team at email@example.com if you would like training.
Details of related events or upcoming training opportunities will also be posted here.
Academic Integrity Week (17 - 21 October 2022)
As part of Academic Integrity Week, there will be three sessions specifically related to research integrity. Further information and registration available on: https://staff.mq.edu.au/teach/curriculum-assessment/academic-integrity/academic-integrity-week
What do Australian researchers think about integrity and its training?
(Tue 18 Oct 2022, 5pm - 6pm)
Springer Nature and the Australian Academy of Science conducted a survey of researchers from the Australian research community to find out what they know about research integrity and how it’s taught. Results were encouraging overall but also revealed some concerning gaps. A quarter of participants agreed strongly that there is a problem with “a lack of integrity in planning, conducting and reporting research to ensure reliable and reproducible research.” But this unease was disproportionately distributed across different discipline clusters. In this webinar, Dr Ed Gerstner, Director of Research Environment Alliances, Springer Nature, will explore the results and findings.
Global Ethics Day: Building a Social Licence to use sensitive data from government sources
(Wed 19 Oct 2022, 2pm - 3pm)
Health research around the world relies on access to data, and much of the most valuable, reliable, and comprehensive data collections are held by governments. These collections, which contain data on whole populations, are a powerful tool in the hands of researchers, especially when they are linked and analysed, and can help to address “wicked problems” in health and emerging global threats such as COVID-19. At the same time, these data collections contain sensitive information that must only be used in ways that respect the values, interests, and rights of individuals and their communities. Come to this webinar to learn more about responsible research access to government data collections for health research.
This session will be presented by Carolyn Adams, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Dr Felicity Flack, Manager, Policy and Client Services at Population Health Research Network, and Judith Allen, Honorary fellow, University of Western Australia Law School.
Research Integrity Symposium: Integrity in the scientific literature: retractions, papermills and honesty in peer review
(Thu 20 Oct 2022, 10am - 12pm, via Zoom, in-person attendance at Room G03, 1 Wally's Walk)
Transparency and honesty in scientific publication is crucial for maintaining trust in research. Researchers need to be able to trust that what they read is genuine, accurate, and has been peer reviewed in a fair and equitable way. The public needs to be able to trust that research being published is reliable and robust. Retractions for misconduct are becoming more common and have thrown shade on the desirable process of retraction of papers due to honest mistakes or irreproducible data. New threats to integrity like paper-mills are emerging whilst peer review systems have been facing increasing criticism.
Hosted by Professor Mark Connor, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, join this symposium to hear about experiences and insights of several researchers in navigating these complexities, including Associate Professor Linda Beaumont, Associate Professor Michelle Power and Natalie Grima from Macquarie University; and Associate Professor Nicola Smith, from the School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney.
Any queries about these events can be directed to the Research Integrity team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data management across all stages of the research data lifecycle is an integral component of research integrity.
Research Data Management (RDM) Online is a self-directed introductory course to RDM available to all Macquarie staff on Workday. The course covers essential topics including data management planning, storage and security, naming and metadata, repositories, and best practice including the FAIR principles. Completion of the course will assist researchers in submitting their Data Management Plans in FoRA.
Macquarie students can self-enroll via iLearn.
Any queries regarding the course can be directed to the Research Integrity Team (Dr Paul Sou or Dr Shannon Smith).
Online training for graduate research candidates and supervisors
Epigeum’s Research Skills Toolkit (RST) is a suite of comprehensive training programmes that build the knowledge and skills essential to becoming a first-class researcher.
Currently available to all Macquarie University students and staff, the RST includes the following five self-directed programmes:
To access the RST for the first time, follow these instructions:
- Go to https://courses.epigeum.com/register and complete the registration form using your MQ email address. When asked for a token, enter 390f6223
- Check your MQ email inbox for an account activation email, and click on the link therein to activate your account.
- Once you have activated your account, log in using your chosen username and password combination. You will be shown the Epigeum programme in the My Courses screen.
- Click on a programme to see a list of available courses, and on a specific course to launch it.
If you encounter any issues, please consult the help page or contact Epigeum's customer support team via this webform.
The University’s policies and documents that are directly related to the conduct of responsible research include:
Macquarie University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Macquarie Research Code)
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Australian Code)
US Office of Research Integrity online resources
The US Office of Research Integrity offers interactive online training in research integrity for laboratory and research clinic-based researchers. There is also a collection of case studies relating to research integrity and summaries of actual research integrity cases.
Other useful online resources