Comment on:

The following comment refers to this/these guideline(s)

Guideline 11

Methods and standards

To answer research questions, researchers use scientifically sound and appropriate methods. When developing and applying new methods, they attach particular importance to quality assurance and the establishment of standards.


The application of a method normally requires specific expertise that is ensured, where necessary, by suitable cooperative arrangements. The establishment of standards for methods, the use of software, the collection of research data and the description of research results is essential for the comparability and transferability of research outcomes.

Comparability and transferability

The systematic evaluation and validation of models or methods is carried out through scientific discussion and in comparison with references or other data. This requires detailed planning of the procedure and its documentation. Changing boundary conditions are inevitable when undertaking empirical verification and must be described in precise detail.

The comment belongs to the following categories:

GL11 (General)