Good Scientific Practice

Our institute places great value on conforming to the highest standards of scientific practice. Toward this end the institute has formulated a policy covering authorship and primary data used in scientific publications. This policy conforms with the guidelines of good scientific practice of the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Further information about the policy for good scientific practice and the role of the ombudsperson at the MPI-M is available to all institute members on the intranet.

Beginning with publications submitted for publication on or after 1 July 2015 the MPI-M requires that all primary data for an investigation be archived for a period of at least ten years. The MPI-M accepts responsibility for maintaining this archive and making it available upon request. The MPI-M also maintains the highest standards for authorship of scientific papers. The corresponding author for a published study is responsible for ensuring that their study complies with the guidelines for good scientific practice. The policies for scientific practice will be periodically reviewed and updated, and questions or concerns about the practice can be forwarded to the head of a department, or the institutes ombudsperson.

Further information on good scientific practice:

  • Institute's Policy on Good Scientific Practice   PDF
  • Max Planck Society Rules of Good Scientific Practice   PDF
  • DFG Proposals for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice  PDF
  • Example for a Publication Data Archive   ZIP
  • Internal Approval Form for Publications   PDF