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What is Research Integrity?

Science and the humanities are founded on integrity. It is one of the key principles of good scientific practice and therefore of every piece of research.


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 ... Only science performed with integrity can ultimately be productive science and lead to new knowledge. [A] lack of integrity can represent a threat to science, destroying the confidence of researchers in each other and that of the public in science [...]." (Proposals for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice of the German Research Foundation (DFG), p.64)

Since August 2019 the DFG's new “Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice” Code ("Leitlinien zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis - Kodex", English version to follow) aim to establish a culture of research integrity based on the professional ethics of researchers rather than cases of scientific misconduct. Dahlem Research School contributes to that aim by offering regular courses on various aspects of research integrity in cooperation with Humboldt Graduate School and Potsdam Graduate School. Furthermore, Dahlem Research School organizes an annual Day of Research Integrity to strengthen such professional ethics at the very beginning of research careers.

Code of Honor of Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität has laid down its rules and obligations in a Code of Honor. Contact persons in cases of conflict or questions related to good scientific practice are the Ombudspeople of the individual departments of Freie Universität.

Doctoral candidates and supervisors in DRS programs commit themselves to these standards and each program names an ombudsperson as a contact for doctoral candidates in cases of conflict.

Further Reading

The European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) offers extensive information and a Glossary for Academic Integrity (pdf).