Thoughts of doctoral candidates on good scientific practice (Image: TUM-GS)

Good Scientific Practice

Compliance with the principles of good scientific practice is the foundation of scientific work. TUM and the TUM Graduate School help you, as a new academic, follow these principles.

For you as a doctoral candidate, this issue is relevant for three reasons:

That is why the following questions are addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • What is ‘good scientific practice’?
  • What principles apply?
  • What kind of support is available?
  • What is considered scientific misconduct?
  • What should I do if I find out about scientific misconduct?
  • What is plagiarism?

The FAQs are based on the "TUM Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Academic Practice and Procedures in Cases of Academic Misconduct" (German and English PDF) at Technical University of Munich, and the corresponding memo of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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The TUM ombudspeople are your contact partners for any questions or complaints from academic employees at TUM regarding academic misconduct by their colleagues or supervisors. They can be consulted anytime, but they are also the “last resort,” initiating official investigation proceedings in serious cases. The TUM-GS recommends first contacting your advisor, your colleagues in the department, the Graduate Center, or the Dean if you have specific questions about good academic practice or suspect any misconduct.