Code of Ethics in Academic Research
St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Irinjalakuda is committed to promote and maintain high standard academic research by faculty, research scholars and students. We guarantee a free academic research environment which upholds the values of freedom, equality and respect for diversity. Research activities of the college should always aim for the highest standards of excellence, integrity and morality. We are keen to inculcate culture of honesty, accountability and transparency, while maintaining academic freedom. Researchers of St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Irinjalakuda are required to take ethical responsibility in development, conservation and transfer of knowledge through academic research. Code of ethics is to benchmark the rights and responsibilities of researchers.
I. Rights and Responsibilities of Researchers
Researchers of St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Irinjalakuda have the right to conduct professionally appropriate research in any subject without interference, censorship or restriction. Misconduct in research or publication will spoil the credibility of the institution as a leading research centre. All the research activities in the college should follow highest professional standards in research design, procedure and evaluation. Ethics frameworks set out by Government and professional regulatory agencies should be strictly followed. Academic research community should keep required levels of confidentiality in disclosure of methodology and major findings. All researchers share the responsibility for promoting academic integrity of the college. Legal issues related to copyright, patent and publication are the sole responsibility of the researchers.
Various departments are encouraged to conduct interdisciplinary research activities which facilitate mutual co-operation and free exchange of ideas. Faculty members are responsible for providing timely supervision and guidance to their research associates and students. Research departments should ensure that all researchers and staff are trained in research methodology, equipment use, record keeping, safety rules, publication policy and ethical guidelines. Any ethical problems related to supervisory relationship should be resolved by the institutional academic research committee GRACE.
We encourage our researchers to publish their work in high quality research journals. All the publications should properly acknowledge the institution. Collaborative research projects of the faculty with other academic or research institution require prior permission from the Head of the Institution. Faculty, research scholars and students of this college engaged in collaborative research with other institutions should specify the affiliation as St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Irinjalakuda in research publications. The sole responsibility of scientific and ethical concerns associated with the publication is with listed authors. Only individuals who made significant contributions in planning, conducting, analyzing or writing article should be listed as authors. Corresponding author is responsible for deciding the order of authorship with transparency and fairness. Honorary authorship is not recognized in this institution.
II. Ethics Committee
Formulation and maintaining of institutional Code of Ethics is an integral function of GRACE. It is constituted by the Academic Council of the college upon nomination from the Head of the Institution and Manager. GRACE provides advice and guidance to the college Academic Council and Governing Council, and the researchers pertaining to research ethics associated issues.
Misconduct in academic research includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, piracy, copyright violation, data theft, defamation, misinterpretation, personation, fabrication, sabotage and professional misconduct. St. Joseph’s College follows the policy of University of Calicut in the case of Plagiarism (http://www.universityofcalicut.info/dor/index.php/component/k2/item/231-university-policy-on-prevention-of-plagiarism). All Research Scholars in the research centers affiliated to University of Calicut have to check their thesis for plagiarism using URKUND (plagiarism checking software) available in the C H Mohammed Koya Library in the University of Calicut campus.
Any plan or attempt to do dangerous or negligent deviations from the standard protocol which cause harm to the individuals or properties or environment is also considered as ethical misconduct. Mistakes and errors committed by the researchers unknowingly will be excused. This institution has zero tolerance to ragging and harassment, especially sexual harassment by persons holding advantageous positions of power and authority. Faculty and staff should neither expect nor extract non-professional, personal work from their students, subordinates and colleagues. GRACE acts as the primary investigative/consultative body of the Institution dealing with issues and disputes related to research ethics. Anyone, anonymously or not, can put up an appeal to the convener of GRACE. On the basis of the investigation, GRACE will submit observations and recommendations to institutional Discipline Committee for further action. For investigating ethical issues related to the members of GRACE, Head of the Institution can constitute special committees.
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