Safeguarding good scientific practice

Good academic practice affects all faculty members. Scientific misconduct damages the public's trust in science and destroys the trust of scientists among themselves. Help and link collection on here.
Good scientific practice at Friedrich Schiller University Jena Expand entry

Safeguarding good academic practice affects all faculty members. Scientific misconduct damages the public's confidence in science and undermines the trust of scientists among themselves.

Good scientific practice includes...

  • observing professional standards
  • documenting results
  • consistently and rigorously questioning one's own findings
  • practising strict honesty and openness with regard to the contributions of partners, competitors, and predecessors
  • cooperation and leadership in working groups
  • supervision of young researchers
  • safeguarding and storing primary data
  • scientific publication as primary medium through which scientists give an account of their work
  • respect for the intellectual property of others
  • observing ethical standards when carrying out surveys

Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice

Good scientific practice at other research institutions Expand entry

For all researchers from non-university research institutions further regulations apply. Take care to know the rules which apply to your research.

Here is a selection:

Leibniz Association

Helmholtz Association

Max Planck Society

Fraunhofer Association

German Physical Society

Research data management helpdesk Expand entry

The research data management helpdesk advises on the backup, archiving and publication of research data. For more transparency and reproducibility of your own research results!


Guidelines and recommendations on research data management at the FSU Jena [pdf, 316 kb] de

Policy on the handling of research data at the FSU Jena [pdf, 170 kb] de

Storage possibilities Expand entry

FSU Cloud

You have 5 GB storage in the FSU cloud.

With the start of your contract and the activation of your user account you will have acces to the cloud..

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Home directory

Each employee receives a 5 GB home directory, students: 3 GB

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Research date management helpdesk (see above)

Confidants Expand entry

At the FSU Jena confidants are available to consult in case of conflict. For doctoral students there are mediators and ombudspersons available, in case conflicts in terms of supervision occur.

commissioners and confidants

The Graduate Academy advises you on all questions concerning your (intended) doctorate, i.e. on general surrounding conditions, financing, international mobility, compatibility of family and career as well as in conflict situations.The purpose of the Ombudsperson for International Students is to ensure that their voice is heard, and that problems can receive impartial attention; in cases where international students have experienced or are aware of complaints of maladministration, rights violations, harassment, bullying, and discrimination, both friendly and professional help can be provided by the ombudspersons.

Graduate academy ombudspersons

Reference management software and citation rules Expand entry

As the unauthorized use of material claiming authorship (plagiarism) is scientific misconduct, here are some hints how to deal with references and how to do proper citations.

Offers from the library ThULB

Citation rules

other software providers: Mendeley, Jabref (LaTeX), Zotero …

Courses Expand entry

PhD students and advanced bachelor's degree students, as well as master's degree students, are offered regular courses on good scientific practice. These can be can be searched for and found by using Friedolin (additional courses).


You may also find courses in the qualification portal of the FSU Jena under Graduate Academy.

Course catalog


Dorit Schmidt, Dr
Coordinator Master's degree program
Dr. Dorit Schmidt
Room E.2.206
Hans-Knöll-Strasse 1
07743 Jena