Rules of good scientific practise

All staff members active in the sciences at HZB are obligated to make the Rules of Good Scientific Practise the foundation of their scientific activity. In this regard, the HZB has formulated and passed the mandatory „Rules of good scientific practise and procedure in event of improper scientific behaviour“.

The HZB rules build upon the extensive recommendations of the DFG that not only specify how scientific work must be thoroughly performed and presented, but also emphasise responsible advising, education, and training of junior scientists.

The HZB rules comprise:

  • General rules of good scientific practise
  • Actions for avoiding improper scientific behaviour
  • Definition of improper scientific behaviour
  • Procedure in event of improper scientific behaviour
  • Consequences of improper scientific behaviour

The Ombudspersons play an important roll in dealing with possible instances of improper scientific behaviour. They are the initial contact point in cases where improper scientific behaviour is suspected. Persons from different scientific areas of the HZB have been appointed in order to avoid conflict of interest or the possible appearance of bias.