Several questions are raised by the development of a “charter” to set out the principles to guide “sound research” practice in New Zealand.
The Royal Society has announced the formation of a working group to develop the charter with support from research funding agencies, bodies representing different types of research organisations and the Royal Society.
Dr John Hay, appointed independent chair of the working group, says the task is to develop the proposed charter within 12-18 months.
One aim of the charter “is to provide clarity to all researchers and research organisations on expectations for sound research practice”.
The charter will foster “a culture of collective responsibility” for maintaining good research practice, set out what sufficient compliance looks like and support cohesive research teams working across many research organisations.