Research Integrity (RI)

Good quality medical research can only exist as long as it meets its societal obligations, its obligations towards patients, and its obligations toward other researchers. 

Research Integrity (RI)

Charité is committed to providing the training required in order to ensure that all those involved in research activities have the necessary knowledge, and that they are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities. Our advice and support is aimed at preventing mistakes and/or misconduct. We have clear and transparent procedures for dealing with allegations of research integrity breaches.

Useful contacts

The Research Integrity Office (gwp[at] provides advice on methodological questions, such as questions relating to data collection, image processing, and statistical analysis. Where necessary, it will establish contact with the relevant expert(s).

Charité operates a central storage facility for primary data. Not only does this facility offer quick and easy storage of, and access to, primary data, it also ensures that all such data remain accessible for a minimum of ten years, allowing the investigation of allegations of research integrity breaches.

The Office for Good Scientific Practice offers laboratory notebooks. They will be handed out personally Monday to Friday between 10 and 12 am or at another time appointed at the Campus Virchow Klinikum, Forschungshaus 2nd floor (room 2.0012 or 2.0017). A photo ID is required.


Charité is in the process of developing two modules on research integrity and good research practice, which, in conjunction with the involvement in research activities, will be taught as part of the first and second parts of the Revised Medical Curriculum.  As of the summer semester 2013, the sixth semester of the Revised Medical Curriculum will include the 'Research Integrity and Good Research Practice' seminar and a lecture on 'Preventing Research Misconduct'. 

As it is essential for all doctoral and habilitational candidates to have received research integrity training, an additional lecture on 'Research Integrity and Good Research Practice' will be offered.

Doctoral degrees

Doctoral candidates should receive intensive support during thesis preparation. This support should be provided by a researcher (mentor) from within the research group responsible for approving the subject of the doctoral thesis. It is recommended that the student should also receive additional support from a co-mentor from a different research group. Doctoral candidates should meet with their mentors/co-mentors on a regular basis to assess progress, set targets, and discuss any problems that may arise.

Allegations of RI breaches

Complaints of inadequate supervision, unfair authorship arrangements, and allegations of research fraud should initially be directed to the relevant Ombudsperson. The Ombudspersons' role is to provide advice and to act as a mediator. Should the conflict or grievance not be resolved, the Faculty Management team will be tasked with deciding, in a timely manner, whether an investigation panel/committee should be convened. 

Investigations of allegations of research misconduct are conducted in a manner that safeguards the rights of the accused (presumption of innocence, right to rehabilitation following unjustified allegations), whilst also ensuring that rights of the public and the research community are respected, and that they are promptly notified of proven cases of research misconduct.  Investigations of allegations of research misconduct are carried out in conjunction with the DFG and external advisors.

Useful Links and Downloads

On this page you find some helpful links and downloads concerning Good Scientific Practice:

  1. Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin Statute Ensuring Good Scientific Practice, July 2016
  2. Recommendations of the Commission on Professional Self Regulation in Science of the DFG - Proposals for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice
  3. European Science Foundation: The Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, 2011
  4. Information about the Ombudsmann für die Wissenschaft (German) including the Contact form for an enquiry to the German Research Ombudsman (Englisch)
  5. COPE 2012, Cooperation between research institutions and journals
  6. More information (only in German language) you will find on our German homepage

Questions regarding authorships

 7. ICMJE 2013: Authorship and Contributorship
 8. COPE 2003: How to handle authorship disputes
 9. Autorship Matrix: Contributions and Responsibilities in Multi-Author Scientific Articles

The correct way to quote

10. Harvard-Methode (short introduction in German)
11. Vancouver system 
12. The correct way to quote (download)
13. Avoiding self-plagiarism in your PhD-thesis (download)