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From : https://www.arc.gov.au/policies-strategies/policy/codes-and-guidelines
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<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">The&nbsp;[https://www.arc.gov.au/policies-strategies/policy/codes-and-guidelines ''Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018'']&nbsp;was first developed for medical sciences to establish&nbsp;a framework for responsible research conduct. It is now applied to all disciplines and has been adopted by most institutions&nbsp;as&nbsp;its aim is to make sure scientific research is of high-quality, trustworthy and ethical.&nbsp;Potential breaches of the code are investigated following the [https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018 Investigation guide].</span></span>
  
The&nbsp;''Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018''&nbsp;(the 2018 Code) establishes a framework for responsible research conduct that provides a foundation for high-quality research, credibility and community trust in the research endeavour.
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<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">More information is available on the&nbsp;[https://nhmrc.gov.au/research-policy/research-integrity/release-2018-australian-code-responsible-conduct-research NHMRC website], in particular [https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018 supplementary guides] developed with the ARC and and Universities Australia. Each&nbsp;supplementary guide focuses on one aspect of research work. The guides clearly define&nbsp;institutional and researcher responsabilities.&nbsp;</span></span>
  
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<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">In regard to producing and publishing data and software the most relevant is the&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">'''Management of Data and Information in Research'''&nbsp;guide. This is just an extract of the researcher repsonsibilities:</span></span>
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<span style="font-family:Tahoma,Geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:medium;">In accordance with the Code, researchers must adhere to their institution’s policies related to management of data and information, relevant laws, regulations and guidelines, and research discipline-specific practices and standards.</span></span>
  
In June 2018, the ARC, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Universities Australia (the co-authors) issued the&nbsp;[https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/r41 ''Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018'']&nbsp;(the Code) and the&nbsp;[https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018 ''Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Code'']&nbsp;(the Investigation Guide).
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<span style="font-family:Tahoma,Geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:medium;">The responsibilities of researchers with respect to management of data and information in research should be clear from the beginning of a research project. The development of a data management plan for this purpose is strongly encouraged.</span></span>
  
*[https://www.arc.gov.au/news-publications/media/communiques/message-heads-nhmrc-arc-and-ua-about-release-australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018 Message from the co-authors about the release of the revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research&nbsp;]
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<span style="font-family:Tahoma,Geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:medium;">'''''Under the Code, researchers will:'''''</span></span>
  
The Code articulates the broad principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture. It outlines the expectations for the conduct of research in Australia or research conducted under the auspices of Australian institutions. The new Investigation Guide will assist institutions to manage, investigate and resolve complaints about potential breaches of the Code.
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<span style="font-family:Tahoma,Geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:medium;">''R22 - Retain clear, accurate, secure and complete records of all research including research data and primary materials. Where possible and appropriate, allow access and reference to these by interested parties.''</span></span>
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<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">Each guide also clearly states it is a researcher responsibility to engage with relevant training.</span></span>
  
The 2018 Code and Investigation Guide replace the 2007 version of the Code. NHMRC, ARC and Universities Australia expect institutions to meet the requirements of the 2018 Code and Investigation Guide by no later than 1 July 2019.
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<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">Other relevant&nbsp;guides are:</span></span>
  
*[https://nhmrc.gov.au/research-policy/research-integrity/release-2018-australian-code-responsible-conduct-research Further information relevant to the implementation of the 2018 Code and Investigation Guide is available on the NHMRC website.&nbsp;]
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*<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">Authorship&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span>
 
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*<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">Collaborative Research</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">Publication and dissemination of research</span></span>
 
 
=== [https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018 '''Supplementary Guides Supporting Implementation Of The Code'''] ===
 
 
 
The ARC, NHMRC and Universities Australia are developing a series of supplementary guides designed to support institutions and researchers to implement and comply with the&nbsp;[https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018 Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research]&nbsp;(the Code).
 
 
 
The following guides have been released and can be downloaded from the&nbsp;&nbsp;[https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-code-responsible-conduct-research-2018 NHMRC’s website]:
 
 
 
*Authorship&nbsp;  
 
*Management of Data and Information in Research&nbsp;
 
*Peer Review&nbsp;  
 
*Disclosure of Interests and Management of Conflicts of Interest
 
*Supervision
 
*Collaborative Research
 
 
 
=== [https://www.arc.gov.au/policies-strategies/policy/arc-open-access-policy '''ARC Open Access Policy (2017)'''] ===
 
 
 
The ARC Open Access Policy took effect from 1 January 2013. The Policy applies to all Research Outputs arising from ARC Funded Research and their Metadata. For the purposes of this policy, Research Outputs do not include research data and research data outputs.
 
 
 
Any Research Outputs arising from an ARC supported research Project must be made openly accessible within a twelve (12) month period from the date of publication.
 
 
 
In cases where researchers may not be able to meet the requirements because of current legal or contractual obligations, Final Reports must provide reasons why Research Outputs derived from a Project, Award, or Fellowship have not been made openly accessible within the twelve (12) month period. &nbsp;
 

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The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 was first developed for medical sciences to establish a framework for responsible research conduct. It is now applied to all disciplines and has been adopted by most institutions as its aim is to make sure scientific research is of high-quality, trustworthy and ethical. Potential breaches of the code are investigated following the Investigation guide.

More information is available on the NHMRC website, in particular supplementary guides developed with the ARC and and Universities Australia. Each supplementary guide focuses on one aspect of research work. The guides clearly define institutional and researcher responsabilities. 

In regard to producing and publishing data and software the most relevant is the Management of Data and Information in Research guide. This is just an extract of the researcher repsonsibilities:

In accordance with the Code, researchers must adhere to their institution’s policies related to management of data and information, relevant laws, regulations and guidelines, and research discipline-specific practices and standards.

The responsibilities of researchers with respect to management of data and information in research should be clear from the beginning of a research project. The development of a data management plan for this purpose is strongly encouraged.

Under the Code, researchers will:

R22 - Retain clear, accurate, secure and complete records of all research including research data and primary materials. Where possible and appropriate, allow access and reference to these by interested parties.

Each guide also clearly states it is a researcher responsibility to engage with relevant training.

Other relevant guides are:

  • Authorship  
  • Collaborative Research
  • Publication and dissemination of research