Good scientific practice

The doctoral training phase is a period of first individual and independent research. Therefore, the guidelines of good scientific practice gain in importance. In public, "good scientific practice" is often equated with cases of plagiarism when it comes to dissertations. However, the topic covers a substantially wider spectrum of scientific conduct: Dealing with data (including checking, recording, ownership and storage), the publishing process and authorship, responsible supervision, academic cooperation, conflicts of interest and dealing with conflicts. Examples of inappropriate academic behaviour include inventing or faking data, violating intellectual property (theft of ideas or plagiarism), and sabotaging the research of others.

The university and all supervisors have the reposibility to teach young researchers about good scientific practice. Most of the time, this happens throughout the research process itself. In addition, it is useful to participate in compact seminars on the topic of good scientific practice. The DFG recommends that all doctoral candidates who work on their PhD within a research training group attend such seminars.