Promoting Integrity of Research: Responsibilities of the Researcher

Procedure Number: 
003
Policy Number: 
3403
Responsibility: 
Vice-President, Academic
Approved: 
Vice President, Academic
Effective: 
October 6, 2009
Last Amended: 
September 10, 2014
Review: 
September 10, 2016
Procedure Statement: 

NOTE:  This procedure is consistent with the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, Section 2: Responsibilities of Researchers. This Procedure includes application of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, algorithm Appendix A: Summary of Process (Tri-Agency Process for Addressing Allegations of Policy Breaches)

1.      Responsibilities of the Researcher:

The Researcher is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of ethical and academic conduct in research. The Researcher will:

a.  Comply with the Integrity of Research and Scholarship Policy;

b.  Before engaging in any research involving human participants, seek and obtain approval from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Research Ethics Board (REB) or, where appropriate, the Research Ethics Board of another recognized institution recognized by the Tri-Council Agencies. The Researcher will comply fully with the approved research protocols in the performance of the research, including the completion and filing of the ethics review protocol and any amendments as may be required;

c.  Comply with the operational and financial terms of research grants and/or contracts of the appropriate funding authorities;

d.  Properly administer the research.  This includes:

  • Overseeing the planning and design of the research project and the process of acquiring, recording, examining, interpreting and storing research data;
  • Obtaining, recording, analyzing, storing, reporting, and publishing data or results without fabricating or falsifying;
  • Holding regular collegial discussions involving all research personnel engaged in the project to promote awareness of and compliance with the Integrity of Research and Scholarship Policy, and to in integrate the scholarly efforts of all group members; 
  • Where the research project is sponsored, the researcher will report research results to the sponsor of the project, and respond to the sponsor’s questions or concerns;
  • Retaining a complete set of all original research data for a period of 7 years from the date of publication of results based on the data. Where the research project is sponsored, the researcher will retain all essential research data associated with the project for the period of time required to comply with the sponsor’s requirements or five years, whichever is longer; and
  • Subject to the terms of a research protocol approved by the REB or a data sharing agreement, to provide access to the relevant data to members of the research team and their thesis or dissertation supervisor(s);

e.  Ensure that research data of project collaborators are the property of those collaborators;

f.  Ensure that data sharing and publication agreements are in place among those (individuals and/or organizations) participating in the research project, where appropriate;

g.  Provide the appropriate recognition for materials, or collection of data, in any publication by:

  • Ensuring that authorship of published work includes all those who have materially contributed to, and share responsibility for, the contents of the publication; 
  • Ensuring that all research publications and reports are free of plagiarism;
  • Ensuring that the authors listed were involved in the research and made significant intellectual contributions to the work, understand the conclusions, and share in the responsibility for the content and reliability of the reported data;
  • Ensuring that all authors listed have reviewed and confirmed the accuracy of the information in the manuscript or report; and
  • Obtaining the permission of the author before using new information, concepts or data that may emerge as a result of peer reviews or other processes; and

h.  Ensure that all individuals or companies who are involved with research comply with the Institute’s Conflict of Interest and Ethical Standards Policy. All individuals or companies must disclose any potential conflict of interest in writing, and submit this to the Dean, Office of Applied Research & Graduate Studies for review.  Conflicts of interest include:

  • Individual conflict of interests, including, but not limited to, the researcher or member(s) of the researcher’s family having a financial or personal interest in the course or outcome of the research, or a financial, personal or collegial interest in individuals or companies involved in the research where such interest might influence or appear to influence the researcher in their research, in the review of manuscripts and applications, or in other of the researcher’s responsibilities; and
  • Company conflict of interests including holding stock in, being employed by, receiving an honoraria, consulting fee or gift from, or serving as a director or officer of a company involved in or affected by the research, where such interest might influence or appear to influence the researcher in their research, in the review of manuscripts and applications, or in other of the researcher’s responsibilities. 

Last updated June 22, 2015