The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute seeks to:
- promote the integrity of the scientific literature by correcting errors whether they are accidental or deliberate
- foster integrity in the practice of science by taking appropriate remedial action in cases of scientific misconduct
If anyone, either associated with the institute or from outside, has concerns about material published by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (including in journals, grant applications, or on the internet), or has concerns about the possible research misconduct by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers, they should contact the designated person to receive such concerns.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute staff who wish to obtain further information or advice can obtain it from the institute's advisors on integrity in research.
Scientific integrity policies and procedures
The statements on research practice in the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Policy and Procedures on Good Scientific Practice have been developed to foster integrity in scientific research. All Walter and Eliza Hall Institute staff, students and visiting scientists are required to adhere to this policy and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
- Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Policy and Procedures on Good Scientific Practice (pdf)
- Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Acknowledgement of Funding Source and Affiliations (pdf)
Advisors on integrity in research
WEHI has appointed advisors on integrity in research who can give confidential advice about what constitutes misconduct in research and options open to a potential complainant.
The institute’s advisors (as at March 2012) are:
Scientific misconduct: designated persons
If an allegation of scientific misconduct is made to a designated person, their role is to advise the institute Director whether the allegation can be dismissed or further action is required.
The designated person will review the allegation, together with any evidence presented, and may obtain further information. Allegations will only be dismissed if the designated person believes, with a high degree of confidence, that research misconduct has not occurred.
If the allegation cannot be dismissed, the designated person will advise the institute Director to establish investigations necessary to substantiate or refute the allegations, as described in the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Policy and Procedures on Good Scientific Practice (pdf).
The institute’s designated persons (as at March 2012) are: