Research integrity and academic integrity

The La Trobe Research Integrity Policy states: 'La Trobe researchers and research trainees are expected to adhere to responsible research practice as established by the University in reference to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007).'

According to the Code: 'researchers must ensure that they cite other relevant work appropriately and accurately when disseminating research findings' (section 4.6). This does not just mean citing the work of others. Your publications and thesis should also represent accurately the development of your own ideas and any previous publications of your research. See the self-citation page for more information.

Academic integrity in publications is an essential aspect of research integrity. All researchers, including staff and higher degree by research candidates, have a responsibility to be familiar with correct citation practices as followed in their disciplines, and to abide by them. Accurate citation in keeping with the norms of your discipline and avoiding plagiarism are an essential part of research integrity.


Plagiarism: 'occurs when someone uses words, ideas, or work products attributable to another identifiable person or source:

  1. without attributing the work to the source from which it was obtained
  2. in a situation in which there is a legitimate expectation of original authorship
  3. in order to obtain some benefit, credit, or gain which need not be monetary' (Fishman, T. International Centre for Academic Integrity).

Researchers have a core knowledge of correct citation practices and principles gained through previous study and work. Higher degree by research candidates and professional researchers, however, often face more complex situations than undergraduate students. The expectations and practices of different disciplines change over time. Researchers cannot rely solely on their undergraduate training to navigate successfully all the situations they will encounter.

Training and support

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