Good scientific practice


Scientific integrity forms the basis for trustworthy research. It is an example of  academic  voluntary  commitment  that  encompasses  a  respectful  attitude  towards  peers,  research  participants,  animals,  cultural  assets,  and  the  environment,  and  strengthens  and  promotes  vital  public  trust  in  research.  The  constitutionally  guaranteed  freedom  of  research  is  inseparably  linked  to  a  corresponding  responsibility.  Taking  this  responsibility  into  full  account  and embedding  it  in  individual  conduct  is  an  essential  duty  for  every  researcher and for the institutions where research is carried out. The research community itself ensures good practice through fair and honest attitudes and conduct as well as organisational and procedural regulations. (DFG Code of Conduct 2019: 7)


At RPTU, the guidelines of the German Research Foundation (DFG) are the basis for good scientific practice. The most recent version always applies. You can find these guidelines and further information here:

An ombudsman committee has been set up to ensure compliance with this guideline at RPTU. Further information such as the rules of procedure and additional links can be found here:

Templates for supervisors

The RPTU provides templates for supervisors under further information on ensuring good scientific practice.

Scientific misconduct and possible Consequences

The RPTU has compiled a catalog of behaviors that are considered misconduct.
If misconduct is found to have occurred, academic, labor law and civil law consequences may result.