Good scientific practice

A resolution adopted by the General Assembly of DFG on 17 June 1998 specifies that recipients of DFG funds must observe set guidelines on safeguarding good scientific practice. A revised version was published in 2013. These rules are valid at TUBAF for all kinds of research. A pdf can be downloaded here...

But to cut the story short, it can be expressed in 5 phrases:

  • work lege artis (according to accepted scientific rules)
  • document all steps of your scientific work (in detail and comprehensible)
  • archive your data (for at least ten years)
  • be critical on all of your results (double check, do duplicates and triplicates)
  • be honest in all parts of your work and interaction with colleagues (this includes proper citation/referencing)

From the above mentioned sentences it is absolute clear that the following things are clear don’ts:

  • removing results from a dataset that does not fit in the concept
  • faking or polishing data
  • submitting contributions for conferences and journals without explicit approval by all co-authors 
  • copy –paste scientific statements, data, and figures from whatever source or taking any scientific information without referencing (plagiarisms)

Plagiarism including self-plagiarsm is one of the severst violation of the rules of good scientific practice. Some further aspects (unfortuanale only in German) can be found here...

Hinweis auf gute Wissenschaftliche Praxis (in Deutsch)