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Good Scientific Practice

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has formulated guidelines for good scientific practice (GER) that found a consensus within the scientific community. To continue receiving funding from the DFG these guidelines must be implemented and followed.

Scientific misconduct can occur in a variety of forms and have serious consequences for those involved. What this means in detail varies from subject to subject. There are, however,  interdisciplinary rules as defined by the DFG (GER) and as established by the Senate of Johannes Gutenberg University in its resolution of May, 17 2002 (currently in revision). More information can be found here and here.

Ombudsperson: Dealing with scientific misconduct

The Ombudsperson for Science serves as Research Integrity Officer and is available to all scientists for advice and support concerning good scientific practice and its violation. Further information on the ombudsperson of the Johannes Gutenberg University and Mainz University Medical Center as well as contact options can be found here.

Research Data

Research data refers to (digital) data that are created in the course of scientific work using various methods and serve as the basis for research results. These include, among others, measured data, laboratory values, audiovisual information, texts, survey data, objects from collections, or samples that arise in scientific work are developed or evaluated. Methodical test procedures such as questionnaires, software, and simulations can also represent central results of scientific research and should therefore be summarized under the term research data.

The archiving of research data is an important and necessary part of good scientific practice, which is formulated in the respective guideline of the JGU (GER). The long-term backup and provision of research data contributes to the traceability and quality of scientific work and opens up important connections for further research. Please contact the Team of Research Data Experts for any further questions about requirements of third-party funders in relation to research data, preservation and subsequent use of the research data, as well as rights and obligations in dealing with research data.