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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Research Integrity Checklist for Researchers

This checklist lists the key points of good practice in research for a research project and is applicable to all subject areas. You can also download a word version of the checklist

Bearing in mind that, subject to legal and ethical requirements, roles and contributions may change during the time span of the research:

1 Does the proposed research address pertinent question(s) and is it designed either to add to existing knowledge about the subject in question or to develop methods for research into it? Peer Review
2 Is your research design appropriate for the question(s) being asked?
3 Will you have access to all necessary skills and resources to conduct the research Ensure the project has appropriate sign-off.
4 Have you conducted a risk assessment to determine:
(a) Whether there are any ethical issues and whether ethics review is required;
(b) The potential for risks to the University, the research, or the health and safety and well-being of researchers and research participants; and
(c) What legal requirements govern the research?
Ethics & Governance Toolkit
Health & Safety Service
5 Will your research comply with all legal and ethical requirements and other applicable guidelines, including those from other organisations and/or countries if relevant?
6 Will your research comply with all requirements of legislation and good practice relating to health and safety?
7 Has your research undergone any necessary ethics review (see 4 (a) above), especially if it involves animals, human participants, human material or personal data?
8 Will your research comply with any monitoring and audit requirements? External reporting
9 Are you in compliance with any contracts and financial guidelines relating to the project?
10 Have you reached an agreement relating to intellectual property, publication and authorship? Publication & Authorship
Intellectual Property
11 Have you reached an agreement relating to collaborative working, if applicable? Collaboration
12 Have you agreed roles of researchers and responsibilities for management and supervision? PhD Supervision
13 Have all conflicts of interest relating to your research been identified, declared and addressed? Conflicts of Interest
14 Are you aware of the guidance from all applicable organisations on misconduct in research?
1 Are you following the agreed research design for the project?
2 Have any changes to the agreed research design been reviewed and approved?

Project amendments
Ethical approval

3 Are agreed roles and responsibilities for management and supervision being fulfilled? PhD Supervision
4 Will research data be retained in a secure and accessible form and for the required
duration?
Research Data Management
5 Is your research complying with any monitoring and audit requirements? External Reporting
1 Will your research and its findings be reported accurately, honestly and within a reasonable time frame?
2 Will all contributions to the research be acknowledged?
3 Are agreements relating to intellectual property, publication and authorship being complied with?

Authorship
Intellectual Property

4 Will research data be retained in a secure and accessible form and for the required duration?

Data Management

5 Will your research comply with all legal, ethical and contractual requirements?

Ethics & Governance