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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.

The use of software

Software is used in many ways, either to generate data directly or as a methodological tool. For example, it can be used to perform numerical simulations, develop models, analyse data or support/automate measurement processes. It can also be used for the purposes of documentation.

Any software used should therefore be included in the documentation.

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GL11 (General)