As a researcher at SCU, you have rights and responsibilities as stated in the SCU Responsible Research Conduct Policy.
Publishing your research as an author or co-author in scholarly publications such as journal articles, conference proceedings or books is an important part of doing research. Your supervisor or mentor will guide you in the practice of authorship, as explained in the university’s Research Authorship and Publication Policy and SCU Research Authorship and Publications Procedures. The best time to start this discussion is at the beginning of your research project. Use your Supervisor – Candidate Agreement form to help guide this discussion.
The Graduate School can assist you if you require more information.
Recommended guidelines about authorship:
- Are Higher Degree Research students considered to be a researcher within the context of the SCU Responsible Research Conduct Policy?
Yes – see Section 1, Clause 2 of the SCU Responsible Research Conduct Policy
- What are some of the significant contributions that justify authorship on a publication, as stated in the SCU Research Authorship and Publications and Procedures?
Conception and design of the project or output; acquisition of research data where the acquisition had required significant intellectual judgement, planning, design or input; contribution of knowledge, where justified, including Indigenous knowledge; analysis or interpretation of research data; and drafting significant parts of the research output or critically revising it so as to contribute to its interpretation – see Section 2 Clause 16 of the SCU Research Authorship and Publications Procedures.
Yes – the Authorship Weighting Schema in Section 3 Clause 25 of the SCU Research Authorship and Publications Procedures is an optional tool that may be used by authors to assist in confirming all authors have made a significant intellectual or scholarly contribution to research outputs, and determining their level of contribution for order of authorship.
Yes, this is highly recommended, as explained in Section 4.2 of National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC): Authorship. At SCU, you are required to complete the Supervisor and Candidate Agreement which includes a section about authorship attribution.
- Is there a specified format that I need to use for my affiliation with the University on my publications and other research outputs?
Yes – as stated in Section 3 Clauses: 26 and 27 of the SCU Research Authorship and Publications Procedures, authors must include an author affiliation statement on all research outputs following this standardised format.
- How does the SCU Responsible Research Conduct Procedures-Higher Degree Researchers (Students) define plagiarism?
The Responsible Research Conduct Procedures – Higher Degree Researchers (Students) defines plaigiarism in Section 3 – Definitions (8) e: Plagiarism – fraudulently, deliberately or inadvertently using the work of others without due acknowledgement, and claiming it as one’s own for academic or other purposes, or self-plagiarism.
Yes, in fact, it is highly recommended and a requirement for the final draft of your thesis. You are required to submit a Turnitin report as part of your Confirmation of Candidature and thesis submission.
- Can I use excerpts from other publications (e.g. diagrams, illustrations, quotations and maps) in my work without infringing copyright?
Yes, as explained under Copyright in your thesis: so long as you do not exceed the copying limits under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act, and you acknowledge all sources (see Moral Rights).
See the “Hints on obtaining permisssion from copyright owners on the Copyright and your thesis page.
No, there are important guidelines about how you need to manage your research data, even after you have finished your research. See the Research Data Management module in RAISE.