Good Scientific Practice

Good Scientific Practice at TUM

TUM views supervisors as being responsible for imparting good scientific practice to doctoral candidates and serving as role models in this regard. The TUM Graduate School supports supervisors in maintaining a culture of academic integrity and thereby preventing undesirable developments.

For example, the kick-off meetings sensitize all doctoral candidates to the fundamental issues and potential pitfalls in scientific practice. Some departments have introduced mandatory seminars. TUM-GS also offers regular workshops.

For detailed information, please see the Guidelines to Ensure Good Scientific Practice and for Handling Academic Misconduct. The TUM-GS website also offers a detailed set of FAQs for doctoral candidates, which answer important questions on handling data, citations and supervision of student work.

Plagiarism Detection Software

The use of software to detect plagiarism is now widespread at higher education institutions in Germany. TUM, like other institutions, is discussing whether to purchase central campus licenses for all chairs.

By comparing documents that are submitted against large databases, these programs detect when texts have been copied in whole or in part from other sources. This makes it possible to detect plagiarism and deter potential plagiarists.

These programs typically state a percentage of plagiarized text and flag the relevant passages. The software is not a substitute for careful review and interpretation by experts in the field.

Please also be sure to read the terms of use for the relevant software carefully. Especially with regard to data protection, privacy, and copyright, there can be significant differences between programs with regard to matters such as whether dissertation content is stored on servers in other countries.

Many departments at TUM are already using software to detect plagiarism. If you have questions about purchasing and using this kind of software, please contact your office of the dean.