Good Scientific Practice

We would like to state here that we follow the regulations of national, European and international law, and that all our work observes the general principles of Good Scientific Practice, as laid out by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (2013). We consider these rules binding for our all of our staff and operations.

1. We obey the fundamentals of scientific work, such as observing professional standards, documenting research steps and their results, consistently questioning our findings, and practicing strict honesty with regard to the contributions of partners, competitors and predecessors.
2. As an independent research institute, we have formulated rules of good scientific practice in all our decision processes and consulting activities.
3. Our director is responsible for an adequate organizational structure. Taking into account the size of each scientific unit, the responsibilities for direction, supervision, conflict resolution and quality assurance must be clearly allocated, and their effective fulfillment must be verifiable.
4. The education and development of young scientists and scholars who want to excel in the field of science communication has our special attention. We have standards for mentorship, and make them binding for the heads of the individual scientific working units.
5. We have appointed independent mediators (ombudspersons) to whom our members may turn with questions concerning good scientific practice and in cases of suspected scientific misconduct.
6. We always give originality and quality precedence before quantity in our criteria for performance evaluation.
7. All primary data, as the basis for publications, shall be securely stored for ten years in a durable form.
8. We have established procedures for dealing with allegations of scientific misconduct. They are approved by the responsible corporate body. We will take all necessary legal action if actions seriously deviate from good scientific practice and are held to be scientific misconduct.
9. All authors of scientific publications, funding applications or outreach activities are always jointly responsible for their content. Only someone who has made a significant contribution to a publication is deemed to be its author. A so-called “honorary authorship” is inadmissible. Our services do not include “ghost writing” – neither for institutes nor for individual scientists.

See the DFG Memorandum: Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice