Honesty in the search for truthful findings is the basis for valid scientific work. The rules of good scientific practice stem from this principle, and safeguarding their validity and application is a key responsibility of the scientific community
A detailed system of self-regulation has been established in the German science system to ensure and strengthen the principles of good scientific practice and to deal with violations of these principles. The basis for this is formed by the principles adopted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1998 and updated in 2019. With the following guidelines, the BNITM commits itself to implementing the "Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice" last adopted by the General Assembly in 2019 and the "Leibniz Code for Good Research Practice" adopted by the General Assembly in 2021. The BNITM recognises the DFG Code "Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice" in its current edition as a legally binding reference framework for their application.
In cases of conflict regarding good scientific practice and questions about suspected scientific misconduct, employees can contact the ombudspersons of the BNITM or the Leibniz Association. The ombudspersons deal with tips and enquiries independently and confidentially.