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Research policy statement

It is the policy of Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and UKAEA to seek to achieve the highest standards with regard to good research practice, research ethics and the handling of potential scientific misconduct.

UKAEA has adopted the principles in UKRI’s Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct. All UKAEA employees involved in science and engineering research are expected to have read and to abide by this document. The Policy and Guidelines cover: setting standards for good research practice, what is unacceptable research conduct, reporting and investigating allegations of research misconduct, and the responsibilities of the Research Councils and Research Organisations in fostering and safeguarding the highest possible standards of research conduct.

UKAEA’s system of internal refereeing of papers, presentations, posters and reports via provides a further safeguard that helps to ensure high standards.

If an employee believes that they are being required to act in breach of these principles, or has a concern about the conduct of others, they should raise the matter through their line management or, where appropriate, directly with the UKAEA Chief Scientist. The right of appeal will be to the UKAEA Chief Executive Officer. These arrangements are consistent with UKAEA’s wider policy on Whistle Blowing.

Any employee involved in research not funded by Research Councils, will be expected to comply with the spirit of UKRI’s policy and code of conduct, and with any requirements specifically notified to UKAEA by the funding agency (e.g. EUROfusion) or external recipients of the work. They should also comply with UKAEA’s Policy on Research Data Publication.

In establishing collaborations UKAEA researchers should be mindful of UKRI’s policy and guidelines and ensure that research partners and their employing institutions are able to meet the required standards of research conduct.

Issued May 2020

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