Good scien­tific practices

In its meeting of 31.10.2012, the Senate of the Hoch­schule für Gestal­tung Schwä­bisch Gmünd decided on a statute to ensure good scien­tific prac­tice. It is based on the recom­men­da­tions of the Commis­sion on Self-regu­la­tion in Science and Huma­nities“ appointed by the DFG and those of the German Rectors“ Confe­rence On Dealing with Scien­tific Miscon­duct in Higher Education“.

Scien­tific misconduct

1. False declarations

  • the inven­tion of data;
  • falsi­fying data, for example
  • by selec­ting and rejec­ting unde­sired results without disclo­sing it,
  • by mani­pu­la­ting a repre­sen­ta­tion or illustration;
  • provi­ding incor­rect infor­ma­tion in a letter of appli­ca­tion or grant appli­ca­tion (inclu­ding
  • misre­pre­sen­ta­tion of the publi­ca­tion organ and publi­ca­tions in print).

2. Infrin­ge­ment of intel­lec­tual property rights

  • in rela­tion to a copy­righted work created by another person or to essen­tial know­ledge, hypo­theses, teachings or rese­arch approa­ches origi­na­ting from others:
  • unaut­ho­rised explo­ita­tion under presump­tion of author­ship (plagia­rism),
  • the explo­ita­tion of rese­arch approa­ches and ideas, in parti­cular as a reviewer 
  • (theft of ideas),
  • the presump­tion or unfounded accep­t­ance of scien­tific author­ship or co-authorship,
  • the falsi­fi­ca­tion of the contents,
  • the unaut­ho­rised publi­ca­tion and unaut­ho­rised making avail­able to third parties, as long as 
  • the work, know­ledge, hypo­thesis, teaching or rese­arch approach has not yet been 
  • are published.

3. Clai­ming the (co-)authorship of another without his or her consent

4. Sabo­tage of rese­arch activities

5. Elimi­na­tion of primary data

Co-respon­si­bi­lity for miscon­duct may arise from, among other things

  • active parti­ci­pa­tion in the miscon­duct of others,
  • Know­ledge of coun­ter­fei­ting by others,
  • Co-author of forged publications,
  • gross neglect of the duty of supervision.

Commis­sion to inves­ti­gate alle­ga­tions of scien­tific misconduct

The univer­sity has appointed scien­tists as contact persons for univer­sity members who are accused of scien­tific miscon­duct. Please contact the ombuds­per­sons if you have any such suspicions.

Prof. Dr. habil. Jürgen Held

Prof. Dr. habil. Jürgen Held

Studiengangsleiter Produktgestaltung
Leiter des Instituts für angewandte Forschung

Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer

Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer

Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen
Soziologie der Gestaltung

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Rinker

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Rinker


Dr. Brigitte Hirner

Referentin Forschung

Dr. Sabine Foraita