Good Scientific Practice
At the University of Bayreuth, good scientific practice is defined in the "University of Bayreuth's Statutes
for safeguarding the standards of good scientific practice and handling academic misconduct (dated 28 July 2022, consolidated version 09 January 2023)". It is based on the DFG Code "Guidelines for Ensuring Good Scientific Practice" (Leitlinien zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis) of 01.08.2019.
Already on July 12, 2011, the university management had decided on measures to ensure the standards of good scientific practice in the supervision of doctoral students, especially in the doctoral process (only available in German).
The scholars at the University of Bayreuth are supported early in their careers. Thus, the supervision of doctoral students should take place within a framework that ensures lasting familiarity with the standards of good scientific practice. The WiN Academy and the University of Bayreuth Graduate School underpin this with appropriate training programs.
Members of the UBTGS commit to participate in the e-learning course "Good Scientific Practice" of the Goethe University Frankfurt for the activation of their individual budget. The license key for access to the platform can be found in the download section of BayDoc.
You can also find more information on the website of the UBT Research Support Office.
Links and writings on good scientific practice
- Nagoya ProtocolHide
The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) entered into force on 12 October 2014 and is a binding international treaty that aims at the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources or traditional knowledge associated with these.
A „genetic resource“ is any material of plant, animal, microbial or other non-human origin that contains functional units of heredity, or it is a derivative of a genetic resource (e.g. enzymes, proteins, metabolites) with actual or potential value. The „utilisation“ of genetic resources or traditional knowledge associated with these includes non-commercial research and development.
The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol is regulated by EU Regulation No. 511/2014. Researchers who use genetic resources or associated traditional knowledge in the context of their research are obliged to comply with the Nagoya Protocol. In Germany, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is the responsible national authority for enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol. Non-compliance with the Nagoya Protocol can have legal consequences.
For the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol the DFG published Guidelines on ABS, Explanations on Terminology of the Nagoya Protocol (Erläuterungen zu Begrifflichkeiten aus dem Nagoya-Protokoll) as well as Explanations on how to deal with the legal requirements of the Nagoya Protocol and Regulation (EU) No. 511/2014 (Erläuterungen zum Umgang mit den rechtlichen Vorgaben des Nagoya-Protokolls und der Verordnung (EU) Nr. 511/2014). The latter two documents are available in German only.
Extensive and practical explanations can be found on the webpages of the German Nagoya Protocol HuB. In particular, we recommend the very helpful infographic for researchers. The GNP HuB also maintains its own YouTube channel with short videos.
Further information on the Nagoya Protocol can be found on the webpages of the European Commission.
The ABS Clearing House (ABSCH) is maintained by the Convention on Biological Biodiversity and is the official platform for the exchange of information on access and benefit sharing. Here you will find all country-specific information and the national contact persons.
Dr. Ursula Higgins
Head - Research Support Office
Tel. 0921 - 55 7783
- Research Data ManagementHide
We live in the age of data deluge. Data must therefore be well organized and accessible. Research data form a basis for scientific work and should be handled and documented according to relevant professional standards throughout the entire research process - from data acquisition to publication and long-term provision.
Organization and management of one's own data facilitate scientific work, enable control of one's own work processes and guarantee the quality of the data through the traceability of their creation. In this way, research data management contributes to good scientific practice.
Read more on the website and in the guidelines of the University of Bayreuth on research data management (2023).
- Predatory Publishing / Predatory Open AccessHide
Predatory publishing refers to the practices of black sheep among publishers. In recent years, the number of such dubious publishers has increased dramatically.
In peredatory publishing, i.e. the publication of research results by predatory publishers, quality assurance (peer review, indexing, etc.) and editorial processing of the articles often do not take place or do not comply with the standards of good scientific practice. Predatory publishing is often a phenomenon in the field of open access publishing. Abusing the Open Access idea, authors are charged the usual Article processing Charges (APC) without any corresponding services being provided.
Read more on the website.
- Publication guidelines of the University of BayreuthHide
The publication guideline is intended to serve as a guideline for the standardized specification of affiliation in German- and English-language publications.
By implementing the recommendations, the visibility and perception of the research activities of the scholars at the University of Bayreuth should be further increased and the international reputation of the University of Bayreuth among funding agencies and cooperation partners should be further strengthened.
Read more on the website and in the publication guidelines of the University of Bayreuth (only available in German).
- Further writings on good scientific practiceHide
- DFG Portal: Scientific Integrity with Statements and Case Studies
- DFG (2019): Guidelines for safeguarding good scientific practice. Code of conduct
- DFG (1998/2013): Proposals for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice, English from page 59
- DFG (2018): Procedural guidelines on good scientific practice (only available in German)
- Vereinigung deutscher Staatsrechtslehrere e. V. (2012): Guidelines. Good scientific practice in public law (only available in German)
- German University Association (2016): The industrial doctorate. Rules of good scientific practice (only available in German)
- Ombudsperson for scientific integrityHide
The basis for the activities of the Ombudsperson for scientific integrity is the statute of the University of Bayreuth for ensuring the standards of the regulations of good scientific practice and for dealing with scientific misconduct dated July 28, 2022.
- Ombuds Persons for Junior ScholarsHide
The ombuds persons for young scholars provide advice in the event of conflicts or other problems that arise during the qualification phase.
Read more on the website.
- Research Ethics Committee at the University of BayreuthHide
The University of Bayreuth's Research Ethics Committee assesses ethical and legal aspects of the research on human beings and animals carried out at the University of Bayreuth. The committee supports researchers by providing specialized consulting.