Good Research Practice

Good Research Practice

All research policy at the Sanger Institute is fundamentally underpinned by the Good Research Practice policy, which consists of seven basic principles:

  • Researchers must be honest and show integrity in their actions and in response to the actions of others
  • Researchers should be mindful of the ethical issues that relate to their work and should consider the risks that their research might pose
  • Researchers should share research data, analysis and other resources as widely and as rapidly as possible
  • Researchers should be aware of the legal requirements that regulate their work and must follow Institute guidelines and procedures
  • Researchers must keep clear and accurate records of their research
  • Researchers should properly acknowledge the contributions of colleagues, collaborators and any others who have contributed to their research
  • Researchers should declare potential conflicts of interest
Academic Misconduct


Failure to adhere to the principles of Good Research Practice, and any relevant Institute policies, can be considered to be academic misconduct and may result in sanctions, including termination of employment.
Unacceptable research practices can include:

  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication
  • Falsification
  • Misrepresentation
  • Mismanagement

Any individual wishing to report concerns about academic misconduct at the Sanger Institute should follow the Procedure for Handling Academic Misconduct. The Named Person responsible for handling investigations into academic misconduct is Martin Dougherty.