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 (German) of 05.10.2022 Guidelines of good scientific practice (English) of 22.12.2021 which take up the recommendations of the German Research Foundation of 1998.

Ombudspersons of the University Oldenburg

... are low-threshold contact persons for all students and employees of 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.

Ombudspersons of Faculty V

Ombudspersons of Faculty VI

Ombudsman for Science

... is an independent body set up by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) to assist all scientists and academics in Germany of any employment status with questions and conflicts in the area of good scientific practice (GWP) and scientific integrity.

Ombudsman for Science


Dr Ferdinand Esser
Coordinator/Managing Director

Christine Steinseifer-Jeske
Coordinator/Managing Director

Oili Tsakmakis

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).

In the event of a suspicion of scientific misconduct, a procedure is initiated. The contact persons are the  chairpersons of the Commission for Research Assessment and Ethics of the Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg.

COURSE "Good Scientific Practice - Protecting Scientific Integrity" for doctoral students

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

Further information can be found here

(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)