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How to Publish and Disseminate Research: Before you publish

Is your research project governed by an agreement?

For example:

Grant Funding Agreement - where you have been awarded grant funding and there is an associated agreement that sets out the terms and conditions of the grant.

Sponsored Research Agreement - where you are being paid by a company, government department or other institution to undertake particular research work, and there is an associated agreement that sets out the terms and conditions surrounding that research.

Research Collaboration Agreement - where you are working collaboratively with a company, government body or other institution to jointly conduct a research project or program of research and there is an associated agreement that sets out the terms and conditions of the collaboration.

Confidentiality Agreement - where you have received confidential information from a company, government department or other institution and there is an associated agreement that tells you what you can and cannot do with the information. 

Material Transfer Agreement - where you have received certain materials from a company, government department or other institution and there is an associated agreement that tells you what you can and cannot do with the material.

The terms and conditions of an agreement can impact what and when you are allowed to publish.  It is important to be aware of the agreement landscape surrounding your research so you know from the start what your responsibilities are and what you should and should not be doing.

Be familiar with:

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The 2018 Code replaces the 2007 Code. It has been streamlined into a principles-based document that will be supported by supplementary guidance.

The Code presents eight clear principles of responsible research and 29 key responsibilities for researchers and institutions. Of particular interest should be Responsibilities of researchers R23, R25 and R26.

Research Integrity Policy

This policy provides a framework for sound research practice. Of particular interest should be sections 9 Authorship and 10 Publication and dissemination of research.

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