Data integrity and management

One of the responsibilities of researchers in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is to:

“Retain clear, accurate, secure and complete records of all research including research data and primary materials. Where possible and appropriate, allow access and reference to these by interested parties.” (R22)

The retention of complete, accurate and retrievable research records is integral to the research process. Good research practice entails the secure retention of research data and research records for the minimum designated period. In many cases, this period is 5 years after the date of publication, or 5 years after conclusion or abandonment of a project.

However, longer retention periods apply in a range of specific circumstances. Full information can be found in section 9 (“Research”) of the South Australian Government’s General Disposal Schedule No. 24.

Please note that although data and records may be destroyed after these periods, this is not mandatory, and they can be kept for longer if required.