Good Scientific Practice 

Good Scientific Practice

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (German Research Foundation)

The resolution passed by the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) General Assembly on 17 June 1998 stipulates that researchers in receipt of funding from the DFG must comply with its rules on safeguarding good scientific practice. In accordance with these recommendations, universities and other research institutions which request or receive funding from the DFG (as does the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and the RTG 2386 Extrospection) must implement Rules 1 to 8 to safeguard good scientific practice at their institutions.

The additional and updated recommendations were approved by the DFG's General Assembly on 3 July 2013.
Download the recommendations: DFG website

In 2021, DFG set up a new webpage which aims to answer specific questions:

Humboldt Graduate School (HGS)

Humboldt Graduate School has published an online course (in German) with basic information which answers many of the question junior researchers might have. This online course is not a substitute for one of the taught Good Scientific Practice courses which are part of M&B's doctoral program curriculum:

See also regular HGS key competencies courses and HU computing center (Computer- und Medienservice) course offers.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Binding Agreement Good Scientific Practice (pdf)

Cases of presumed scientific misconduct

HU Berlin Graduate Center Life Sciences
Dr. Julia Klauder, Coordinator of the Graduate Center
E-mail:, Phone: +49 30 2093-46286
Office: Room 1123, Invalidenstraße 42, 10115 Berlin
As coordinator of the Graduate Center, I am the contact person for all matters concerning doctoral candidates, doctoral candidates and supervisors that go beyond the formalities of the doctorate. My tasks include confidential advice for doctoral candidates and supervisors in the event of problems arising.


At HU Berlin, there are Ombudspersons at the university level and a committee that investigates allegations in this area.
For more information see:

All the other Berlin universities provide Ombudspersons for God Scientific Practice and scientific committees as well, please find out.


This page last updated on: 01 December 2023