Good scientific practice
High quality research
The University is legally obliged to ensure good scientific practice in its teaching and research.
FAU has therefore developed regulations based on the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (German). They provide guidance on good scientific practice for researchers from all disciplines.
To ensure that doctoral degrees are completed successfully it is important that doctoral candidates and their supervisors are aware of their rights and responsibilities. The check list Good practice for carrying out and supervising doctoral degrees is used as a guideline. It provides the basis for the initial meeting between the doctoral candidate and their supervisor that must be held at the start of the process.
After completing your doctoral degree, you will generally receive a new employment contract with the University when you begin the postdoctoral phase. An overview of the most important topics that you should discuss with your future manager with regard to your contract is provided in the Check list for good practice for supervising and completing work on postdoctoral qualifications (German). You and your future manager can use this check list as a guideline when discussing a new contract or extending an existing contract.
- Full recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG) on ‘Safeguarding good scientific practice’
- Gemeinsames Positionspapier des Allgemeinen Fakultätentags (AFT) der Fakultätentage und des Deutschen Hochschulverbands (DHV) from 9 July 2012
- FAU guidelines for the processes of the Commission for Research Conflict Management (German)
- Quality criteria for open access publishers
We have documented some of our events on good scientific practice for you. Although they were held some time ago, the information is still highly relevant.