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Further Reading

The University of Sheffield's policies and statements

The University's policies and statements relating to good research practices can be viewed below. From here you can read about the efforts of funders, journals & others to promote good research practices (GRP).


New developments

The UK's Research Councils (RCUK) published a 'Policy & Code of Conduct on the Governance of Good Research Conduct'. This outlines RCUK's expectations about the responsibilities of individual researchers & universities to foster best practice in research. Researchers wishing to receive RCUK funding are required to adhere to the Policy & Code. RCUK expects the Policy & Code to apply to all the University's research, regardless of whether or not the research is funded by RCUK. Message from Professor Richard Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation

The general public, funders, publishers, professional associations, regulatory bodies, universities, researchers & others with an interest in research expect research to be carried out to high standards of good practice. Rigour is one of the criteria against which outputs are assessed under the REF (rigorous research is disciplined by honesty & integrity).


House of Commons' Science & Technology Committee


Guidance on publication and authorship and public communication of science


Research funders' perspectives on good research practices


Potential ethical implications of new areas of research


International codes and standards on good research practices:


Reports on key conferences on good research practices (two world conferences & one UK conference to date):


Links to national bodies that advise and/or regulate the higher education sector: