Good Scientific Practice

"The conduct of science rests on basic principles valid in all countries and in all scientific disciplines. The first among these is honesty towards oneself and towards others. Honesty is both an ethical principle and the basis for the rules, the details of which differ by discipline, of professional conduct in science, i.e. of good scientific practice." (Memorandum of the German Research Foundation, DFG, 2013:13)

The University of Göttingen is highly committed to preserve and safeguard the highest of scientific quality standards in research whilst enabling and fostering an atmosphere of openness, creativity and dedication to achievement. In the realization of these objectives, compliance with the principles of good scientific practice plays a pivotal role.

In educating and training junior scientists, the University is aiming to ensure the prevention of scientific misconduct, offer advice, help investigating cases of suspected violation of rules, and arbitrate cases of unclear authorship or other disputes.

The University has put in place Regulations for Ensuring Good Scientific Practice (English , German ) and hereby expresses its concurrence with the mutual initiative of the DFG and the German Rectors' Conference to implement the binding recommendations of the DFG’s commission on "Professional self-regulation in science" (for further information follow this link). All members of the University working in the science community shall be bound thereby. An Orientation Framework for Good Scientific Practice (German , an english version will be available soon) offers employees of the University and the University Medical Center guidance by formulating central standards of good scientific practice and explaining the ombuds system and its procedural paths at the University of Göttingen in a simple form.

Presumed victims or whistle blowers can report suspected cases of scientific misconduct to the Office of the Ombudsperson and Good Scientific Practice, where more detailed information about internal University Ombudsperson procedures can be obtained. As required the ombudspersons have consultative roles and explore the circumstances of a case. In principle, every case is treated confidentially. If you are involved in a current conflict, you can confidentially address your inquiry to the Office of the Ombudsperson and Good Scientific Practice.
Here, you have the opportunity to receive personalized advice and coaching. The Medical Faculty has its own committee that can be contacted in matters concerning the University Medical Center Göttingen.

Relevant documents

  • Regulations regarding good scientific practice of the University of Göttingen (English , German )
  • Research data policy of the Georg-August University Göttingen including the UMG (English, German)
  • Rules of Good Practice for Doctoral Supervision (English , German )