Research Guidelines of Okayama University
Established on April 1, 2004
Revised on December 4, 2006
Revised on April 1, 2015
Okayama University aims to create and establish a new paradigm for the sustainable development of the world with the mission of “creating and fostering higher knowledge and wisdom”. Our university has set the fundamental goal for its research activities. We believe that the ongoing research activities we engage in are a fundamental basis for the innovation and creativity we see in all aspects of this university. We constantly strive to become one of the leading research institutions recognized all over Japan and the world.
To achieve our mission, purpose and research goal as described above, all researchers belonging to Okayama University have the important responsibility for fulfilling the mandate they have received from the public as specialists, while enjoying the liberty to pursue truth as free-thinking individuals.
Towards this objective, Okayama University has established the following research policies concerning of the conduct rule based on researcher autonomy:
1. Freedom of research
Okayama University esteems activities carried out by researchers in pursuit of truth with their own initiative and autonomy and guarantees them freedom of academic research, thought and expression. The university also takes the greatest care in protecting individuals’ personal information and handling copyrights.
2. Research ethics
Researchers respect rights concerning human dignity, health and the safety of life. They protect human rights and privacy, as well as maintain high ethical standards, and comply with relevant laws and regulations regarding gene recombination, animal experiment, and the like.
3. Research autonomy
Researchers give position their research results within specific academic frameworks and consider what impact such results might have on society.
4. Research disclosure
Researchers publish the results of their academic research as papers, books or in other forms and positively participate in peer reviews with fellow researchers.
5. Social responsibility of research
Okayama University does not only disclose research results, but also inform society of their impact and effects through publicity activities for contribution to society.
6. Ownership of research results
Intellectual property rights resulting from research are the property of Okayama University, in principle. Researchers obey the relevant laws and regulations concerning intellectual property rights related to the disclosure of research results and the filing of patent applications.
7. Execution of research
Researchers act in good faith in all aspects of their research activities, including planning, designing, applying, executing and reporting. They shall not fabricate nor forge research outcomes, steal research results nor commit other fraudulent acts. They also shall not violate the ethical standards in research by making multiple submissions, claiming authorship in an inappropriate manner, nor the like.
At the same time, researchers are required to secure certifying means for the legitimacy of their research activities. They, for example, appropriately retaining and managing the notes and records of their experiments, observations, experimental data and other relevant research information for a definite period of time, so that they can disclose such information when doing so is deemed to be necessary and appropriate.
8. Research funds spending
Researchers comply with the relevant laws and regulations when spending research funds.
9. Avoiding conflicts of interest
Researchers pay due attention to whether any conflicts of interest exist in their conduct and avoid such situations. They are also required to comply with the Policy on Conflicts of Interest of the National University Corporation Okayama University.
10. Establishment of research environments
Researchers are fully aware that it is their important duty to establish and maintain fair environments in which responsible research can be conducted. They play proactive roles in efforts aimed at improving such environment's quality for the researcher community and the organizations to which they belong. Researchers also promote education and awareness-raising to prevent research fraud.
Organization of Research & Collaboration
As one of the leading universities in Japan, Okayama University aims to create and establish a new paradigm for the sustainable development of the world. Researchers focus on wide range of unique research topics in interdisciplinary research environment. The Organization for Research Promotion & Collaboration (ORPC) and Research Administrators (URA) have the mission to strategically promote research in a broad range of fields at Okayama University and utilize the intellectual property which result from the research.
The Organization for Research Promotion & Collaboration (ORPC) is composed of 5 research management divisions, such as Research Promotion and IP office. The aim is to promote wide range of academic researches and strategically manage the intellectual properties and technology transfer obtained from the university, and to contribute to the society through collaboration between industries, academia and government.
Okayama University Silicon Valley Office is scheduled to open in November 2015 in Silicon Valley, California. This Office will focus on the promoting and licensing our academic research outcomes in the US market. It will also support joint research, industry-university collaboration and foreign student exchange program. It is planned to be a center of education and advanced research as an overseas campus of Okayama University in the near future.
URA office takes a major and direct role in upgrading and improving University operational and educational research capabilities. Now, URA Office has 7 members. The URAs will be of great benefit in the running of our university, fulfilling numerous vital missions alongside our executive officers (such as the president and directors) like determining research policy proposals and global research information, proposing large research projects, aiding fund raising for research, and helping to promote university reform aimed at becoming a true "research university."