Scientific integrity and ethics

Scientific integrity

The 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 review the institute's research integrity guidelines or contact an advisor. Staff should also download a copy of the institute's Policy and Procedures on Good Scientific Practice (PDF).


Human research ethics

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research we consider ethics to be an integral part of good scientific practice.

For us, ethical conduct in human research begins with the values and principles set out by the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

First and foremost, we ensure our work complies with these standards, but as an institute whose research is at the forefront of scientific endeavour, we understand that it is important to further consider ethical principles as we apply these standards. This consideration occurs through our Human Research Ethics Committee.