Good Scientific Practice

The term "good scientific practice" describes the professional quality in the scientific system. For this purpose, a commission of the German Research Foundation (DFG) adopted recommendations for the first time in 1998, which were established by the DFG-funded HEIs and research institutions. These recommendations were last updated and supplemented in July 2019. The guidelines, which now comprise 19 recommendations, are mandatory for scientific institutions in Germany. In particular, the new guidelines deal with the professional ethics of scientists, questions of equal opportunities and diversity, and gender research aspects.

Website of DFG: safeguarding good scientific practice

Under the primacy of honesty towards oneself and others, the principle of scientific work can be summarized as follows:

  • comprehensible, verifiable and visible documentation of all results
  • consistent self-criticism and external criticism of the results
  • Honesty with regard to contributions from partners, competitors and predecessors


The Otto von Guericke University has drawn up guidelines for dealing with scientific misconduct on the basis of DFG recommendations (German only)

According to the DFG, anyone who suspects scientific misconduct needs special protection. The suspicion must be mentioned in good faith and treated confidentially by the bodies making the decisions. Otto-von-Guericke University has a commission for dealing with scientific misconduct.

Last Modification: 04.11.2019 - Contact Person: Dr. Barbara Witter