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Guideline 2

Professional ethics

Researchers are responsible for putting the fundamental values and norms of research into practice and advocating for them. Education in the principles of good research begins at the earliest possible stage in academic teaching and research training. Researchers at all career levels regularly update their knowledge about the standards of good research practice and the current state of the art.


Experienced and early career researchers support each other in a process of continuous mutual learning and ongoing training and maintain a regular dialogue.

FAQ on professional ethics

How can I embed and project the topic of “good research practice” (GRP) within my institution?

  • GRP should become a regular subject of dialogue in the institution.
  • Various institutional governing bodies should be involved, e.g. the faculty council and senate.
  • Awareness of GRP should be raised in the context of appointment negotiations, and GRP expertise should form part of every appointment agreement.
  • GRP should be one of the topics addressed at introductory days/events for new professors.
  • GRP should be an integral part of higher education; courses on GRP should be fully integrated in the curriculum and should be a prerequisite for enrolment on a master’s degree programme; concepts are to be developed for this purpose.
  • Training should also be provided for ombudspersons to enable them to develop their expertise and engage in exchanging their experiences. All in all, the institution should support positive promotion of the position of ombudsperson.

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