Good Scientific Practice

Starting point:

The major objective of this course is to know and understand the basic rules and values of the responsible conduct of research, according to local, national and international regulations and guidelines.

Target group and number of participants:

All doctoral candidates of Mainz University; recommended for the early phase of the doctorate.
Maximum number of participants: 1


  • Definitions of good scientific practice and scientific misconduct
  • Degrees and extent of scientific misconduct
  • Examples of responsible and irresponsible conduct of research
  • Data management
  • Authorship and the process of publication
  • Mentoring and supervision
  • Conflict management: how to deal with scientific misconduct
  • Reactions to scientific misconduct
  • Local, national and international guidelines, rules and regulations

Course Objectives:

The participants will learn to develop appropriate solutions to difficult situations in the process of science and receive advice on how to protect their own scientific work. They are encouraged to speak with their colleagues and the appropriate institutions about their own research work and about mistakes and problems.

The course encourages the active involvement of the participants and features the following didactic
elements: information input, case discussions, plenary discussions and problem-based learning in small

Date and venue:

The dates for the summer semester 2020 will be announced upon publication.


This workshop is offered by the General Doctoral College (APK) (English website).

Mandatory applications for the courses are made via OpenOLAT.
In order to apply, you must be a registered member of the APK.
Membership in the APK is free of charge for PhD candidates of JGU.