Research Guidelines

Research Code of Conduct

The University of Sydney holds researchers responsible for scholarly and scientific rigour and integrity, in obtaining, recording and analysing data and in presenting, reporting and publishing results. Rigour and integrity are indicated by:

  • giving appropriate recognition to those who have made an intellectual contribution to the contents of a publication;
  • obtaining the permission of the author before using new information, concepts or data originally obtained through access to confidential data;
  • conforming to University requirements for working with humans, animals, and bio hazards;
  • using research funds in accordance with the terms and conditions under which those funds were received;
  • disclosing to the University any conflict of interest (financial, personal or other) that might influence their research.

You should thoroughly familiarise yourself with the full Research Code of Conduct policy document, and in particular ensure that the requirements for retention of research data are followed.

Students should also be familiar with the School guidelines on laptop use. The guidelines covers ergonomic, security and specific postgraduate student issues.

Intellectual property

The University has specific rules about Intellectual Property.

Please visit the Intellectual Property: University of Sydney (Intellectual Property) Rule 2002.

For you as a student, the most relevant part is "Division 3 - Intellectual property created by students".

Human ethics

All research projects and teaching practicals involving human participants as subjects require ethical approval. Postgraduate research projects are included in this requirement. In student research the Chief Investigator must be a University staff member for purposes of risk management, insurance, and legal reasons.

The categories of research involving human participants that require ethics approval that are most relevant to the School of Information Technologies are:

  • questionnaires
  • surveys or interviews
  • telephone interviewing
  • recording by audio- or video-tape

More information can be found at the Human Ethics website.

Research data collection

If you publish any research paper, as a book, book chapter, journal article, conference paper etc, a copy must be provided to the Postgraduate Research Administrative Officer, Evelyn Riegler, along with details of publication, page numbers, date of publication etc. This data part-determines our research quantum, and hence the level of school research funding available.