Responsible Science Matters

41 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021

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Robert W. Faff

University of Queensland; Bond University

Date Written: July 5, 2021


This paper provides some basic insights on and a resource base for mastering the concept of “responsible science”. The main narrative of the paper builds on three unfolding perspectives: (1) What is science? (2) What is responsible science? (3) Why (what are) Responsible science matters? This is provided as a basic resource for the research training and capacity building module offered at

Module #1 titled “Responsible Science Matters”.

As such, this paper is designed to be read and consumed as part of a self-paced program of learning, targeting novice researchers of two main varieties: Higher Degree Research students (HDRs), e.g., PhD students; and Early Career Researchers (ECRs). I hope that all novice researchers find this material interesting, helpful and rewarding in their career journey, always striving to be “responsible scientists”.

Keywords: Research; Science; Responsible science

JEL Classification: G00; M00; B40; A20; B00; C00; D00; E00; F00; H00; I00; J00; L00; Q00; R00; Z00

Suggested Citation

Faff, Robert W., Responsible Science Matters (July 5, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Robert W. Faff (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229

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