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Measures to Prevent Research Misconduct

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) established the “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Research Code of Ethics” on November 13, 2007. All who are involved in research at the university must be familiar with and adhere to the norms and standards set forth in the Research Code of Ethics. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology released the “Guidelines for Responding to Misconduct in Research” in August 2014. These guidelines, while maintaining researchers' own discipline and research institutions' autonomy as the basis for prevention of misconduct, require research institutions to assume a share of responsibility for the prevention of misconduct and to strengthen their measures for prevention of misconduct. APU follows trends in and outside Japan and, in coordination with relevant institutions, endeavors to prevent misconduct.

National Guidelines

In relation to research ethics, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Science Council of Japan and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science have issued guidelines, codes of conduct and statements as listed below.

  1. New Guidelines for Responding to Misconduct in Research
    (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; revised August 26, 2014)
  2. For the Sound Development of Science - The Attitude of a Conscientious Scientist (Text version)
    (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Editing Committee "For the Sound Development of Science", March 31, 2015)
  3. Research Ethics (Japan Science and Technology Agency)
    (Pamphlet on prevention of publication misconduct, code of conduct for scientists, etc.)
  4. Statement: Code of Conduct for Scientists -Revised Version-
    (Science Council of Japan, January 25, 2013)
  5. Joint Statement for Enhancing the Integrity of Scientific Research
    (The Japan Association of National Universities, The Japan Association of Public Universities, Federation of Japanese Private Colleges and Universities Associations, and Science Council of Japan, December 11, 2014)
  6. Enhancement of Integrity in Scientific Research (Response) (Available in Japanese only)
    (Science Council of Japan, March 6, 2015)

Parties Assuming Responsibility for Matters Pertaining to Research Misconduct

In accordance with the “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Regulations for Prevention of Misconduct in Research Activities”, the following persons-in-charge are required to bear responsibility for research misconduct as described below.

Person-in-Charge Position Responsibility/Authority
Chief Administrator President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (university name to be omitted hereafter) Bear final responsibility in the prevention of misconduct
General Administrator Vice president designated by the president Assist the Chief Administrator, bearing responsibility in the prevention of misconduct
Compliance Officers Dean of International Cooperation and Research Bear responsibility for informing and directing researchers in matters related to research ethics
Deans and Directors of the respective Colleges and Centers

Research Ethics Training

Research ethics training sessions, based on the “Guidelines for Responding to Misconduct in Research”, are offered to faculty and students. All faculty and students are required to attend said training sessions and submit the corresponding documents in order to apply for and receive public research funds (such as Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research) as well as internal funds. For more information on the aforementioned training sessions, faculty members may refer to the Research/Educational Support Homepage . Students may click here .

Point of Contact for Matters Related to Research Misconduct

In accordance with the “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Regulations for Prevention of Misconduct in Research Activities”, the point of contact for matters related to research misconduct is as below.

Contact Information for Consultations or Inquiries

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Research Office
TEL:0977-78-1134 (ex. 531-2513)
FAX:0977-78-1135 (ex. 531-2519)
E-mail:reo@apu.ac.jp

Contact Information for Reports

*Please click here for more details. (Available in Japanese only)
The point of contact for reports involving misconduct is determined by the “Ritsumeikan Trust Report Handling Regulations”.

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