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Good Scientific Practice

Honesty (vis-a-vis oneself and others) is the basic principle of scientific work. It is both an ethical norm and the foundation of the rules of professional conduct (good scientific practice) which might differ from discipline to discipline.

One of the basic tasks of a university is to convey those principles to students and staff alike. Therefore, the Executive Board of the TU Berlin has decreed the "Statute on the Safeguarding of Good Academic Practice at TU Berlin" (8 March 2017). It contains:

Part I: Rules of Good Academic Practice

Part II: Procedure in Cases of Suspected Academic Misconduct

Part III: Documentation


Both the guidelines and rules are based on the recommendations of the German Rector's Conference (HEK) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), in particular the Recommendations of the Commission on Professional Self Regulation in Science as amended in 2013. Adherence to them is a fundamental part of cooperation by all people involved in science and academia.

The contact persons of all questions regarding good scientific practice are the ombudspersons of the TU Berlin, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Rötting and Prof. Dr. Sabine Klapp. In cases of suspected scientific misconduct, the Investigation Commission for Scientific Misconduct might be involved.

Dealing with predatory publishing and pseudo-science

An increasing amount researchers is publishing via pseudo-scientific publishers, many times being fully unaware of it. Predatory publishing is an exploitative open-access academic publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals.

For dealing with pseudo-scientific publishers and journals, general recommendations of the University Library (UB) are:

  • Use of the „Think Check Submit“ platform thinkchecksubmit.org, to asses and rate scientific journals and/or publishers
  • Selection of open access journals: The journal should be listet in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which performs a quality review of magazines and publishers
  • Selection of open access publishers: The publisher should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) or be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

The UB advises TU members on open access options, publication strategies, as well as on financial and legal issues. In addition, workshops and information material that deal with identifying criteria for the selection of publishers and journals are offered. You can find more information on the website of the UB here.

Code of Conduct for Doctorates in Cooperation with Commercial Enterprises

In July 2017, the Executive Board of the TU Berlin decided on a"Code of Conduct" as the basis for so-called “industry-sponsored doctorates”. The "Code of Conduct" emphasizes the importance of a free choice of topics, participation in the scientific discussion, and the publicity of the research results. In doctoral projects in cooperation with commercial enterprises, the supervisor of the dissertation is encouraged to make these principles known to the industrial partner. All parties involved should confirm these basics by signing the form below at the admission to the doctoral procedure.

 

Code of Conduct bei Promotionen in Kooperation mit Unternehmen

Code of Conduct for Doctorates in Cooperation with Commercial Enterprises

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Rötting
Sekr. FR 2-7/1
Phone: 314-79520, -29770
Fax: 314-72581

Ombudspersonen

Prof. Dr. Sabine Klapp
Sekr. EW 7-1
Tel.: 314 - 23763
Fax: 314 - 21130