Dealing with scientific misconduct

In the event of a suspicion of academic misconduct, a procedure will be initiated; the contact persons are the chairpersons of the Commission for Research Assessment and Ethics of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg.

Important principles of good scientific practice of the University of Oldenburg

Scientific work at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is subject to the Guidelines of good scientific practice of 17.03.2017, which take up the recommendations of the German Research Foundation of 1998.

Recommendations of the DFG

The German Research Foundation issues recommendations on good scientific practice.

Procedural guidelines on good scientific practice by the DFG

Further information: Copyright in Science - BMBF Digital Future

Ombudspersons of the Faculty V

The ombudspersons of Faculty V are low-threshold contact persons for all students and employees of Faculty V at Oldenburg University and help to clarify intercultural and other misunderstandings at an early stage, mediate experts in conflict resolution and thus ensure a positive working atmosphere.


Dr Ferdinand Esser
Coordinator/Managing Director

Christine Steinseifer-Jeske
Coordinator/Managing Director

Oili Tsakmakis

Keti Antadze-Tamminga
Student Assistant

Room W3 1-138

Contact options currently: by e-mail and telephone Mon-Thu 09:00-12:00 and by appointment

Current: online consultation on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 by appointment!

Good Scientific Practice

Good scientific practice is the overall prerequisite for research and teaching. Its goal should be a self-critical attitude towards the obtained scientific results. The exact observance of discipline-specific rules for dealing with sources and data must be consistently adhered to. External and own preliminary work must be completely and correctly accounted for.

Science is based on honesty. This is one of the essential principles of good scientific practice and thus of any scientific work.

Scientific integrity forms the basis of trustworthy science. It is an expression of scientific self-obligation which includes respectful treatment of each other, study participants, animals, cultural assets and the environment, and strengthens and promotes society's indispensable trust in science.

In order to provide orientation, the DFG's Commission on "Self-Regulation in Science" drew up the Memorandum on Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice already back in 1998. According to this document, scientific institutions and faculties are obliged to comply with good scientific practice and to monitor themselves.

The process of reflection and discussion on this topic continued to develop in science and scientific organizations. Hereby, individual facets have been added or have gained new or different significance which were taken into account in the recommendations of the zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis / Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice (2013).


The Graduate School OLTECH regularly offers courses on "Good Scientific Practice - Protecting Scientific Integrity" 

The main objective of the workshop "Good Scientific Practice - Protecting Scientific Integrity" is to get acquainted with the basic rules and values for responsible research at all stages of doctoral studies according to local, national and international regulations and guidelines. Participants will address the differences and gray areas between good scientific practice, questionable research practice, and scientific misconduct. They will learn how misconduct can be identified and prevented, how it should be handled, and the damage it can do if not handled properly.

(Changed: 2021-11-15)