Good Scientific Practice

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Securing Quality Standards in Research

Ensuring scientific quality standards, in particular the truthfulness and precision in research, is a central task of the UDE members and affiliates. Violations and misconduct are consistently pursued.

Direct contact persons for violations of good scientific practice or suspected scientific misconduct are the four mediators at the UDE.

Rules of Good Scientific Practice

The rules of good scientific practice should include principles in particular for the following topics:

- general principles of scientific work, e.g.:

  • work lege artis,

  • documentation of results,

  • scepticism of own findings,

  • honesty towards contributions of partners, competitors and predecessors,

- cooperation and management responsibility in working groups,

- support of early career researchers,

- backup and storage of primary data,

- scientific publications.                                   (DFG, 2013)

Follow the link to download the DFG Code of Conduct "Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice" (as of August 2019):

Our Service: Workshops on Good Scientific Practice

With a trained Good scientific practice (GSP) instructor in the GC Plus team, we are in the position to offer GSP workshops to make early career researchers more familiar with the rules of good scientific practice. We integrate the workshops into our current offers, but also offer individual adapted workshops on request. From an intensive workshop lasting a few hours on specific individual topics to a comprehensive two-day workshop – almost anything is possible. The offer is aimed in particular at structured doctoral programmes, but is not limited to them. Depending on your wishes, the trusted third parties or experts from the University Library (e.g. on copyright) and other institutions with whom we are in regular contact will be involved in the workshops. We're looking forward to your inquiry!

Good Scientific Practice at UDE

General information, contact and links on good scientific practice


Recommendations for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice

Download the recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice at the UDE (June 2018, only in German)

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Predatory Publishing

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Further Information and Literature

Principles of good scientific practice

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Grundsätze für die Sicherung Guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis an der Universität Duisburg-Essen (2018)
Codes of Practice for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Practice at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2014)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Denkschrift "Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis" (D/E) (1998)
Ergänzung der Empfehlungen der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis (Juli 2013)
Verfahrensleitfaden zur guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis (2016)
Kodex "Leitlinien zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis"

Ombudsman für die Wissenschaft (DFG)
Überarbeitetes Curriculum für Lehrveranstaltungen zur "Guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis" (D) (2019)

European Science Foundation (ESF)
European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (2011)

Position papers of research organisations

Deutscher Hochschulverband
Positionspapier "Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis für das Verfassen wissenschaftlicher Qualifikationsarbeiten" (2012)
"Die Industriepromotion - Regeln guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis" (2016)

Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK)
Zum Umgang mit wissenschaftlichem Fehlverhalten in den Hochschulen (1998)
Empfehlung Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis an deutschen Hochschulen (2013)
Empfehlung Handhabung der Kooperativen Promotion (2015)
Empfehlung Orientierungsrahmen zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses  (2015)

Positionspapier Anforderungen an die Qualitätssicherung der Promotion (2011)
Positionspapier Empfehlungen zu wissenschaftlicher Integrität (2015)

Max-Planck Gesellschaft
Regeln zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis (2009)

Online information platforms

Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM)
Der kleine Plagiats- und Täuschungskompass(2013)

Office of Research Integrity                                                                 

European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO)     

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)                                                       

Singapore Statement

SCIENCE Information for Authors

Nature Publishing Group. Publikationskriterien

Journal of Unsolved Questions

Journal of Negative Results


Fanelli, Daniele
How Many Scientists Fabricate and Falsify Research? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Survey Data (2009)

Der Sündenfall. Betrug und Fälschung in der deutschen Wissenschaft. J.Raaeb Verlag, Stuttgart (1999); als Ebook erhältlich

Ludwig, Jens/Enke, Harry
Leitfaden zum Forschungsdaten-Management.Handreichungen aus demWissGrid Projekt.(2013)

Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment World. Scientific Publishing Co, Singapore (2011); als Ebook erhältlich

Qualitätszirkel Promotion
Gemeinsam die Promotion gestalten. Onlineprinters GmbH, Neustadt a.d. Aisch (2012, 2.Auflage)

Roig, Miguel
Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism,and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing(2006)

Ruhl,Kathrin/Mahrt,Nina/Töbel,Johanna (Hrsg.)
Publizieren während der Promotion. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaftler, Wiesbaden (2010)

Stegemann-Boehl, Stefanie
Fehlverhalten von Forschern. Enke Verlag, Medizin in Recht und Ethik (1994)