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.


Prof. Matthias Held
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Barnhöfer (Stellvertretung)