Good scientific practice

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Open access to publication and data:

OA Journal list (Max Planck Digital Library MPDL) covers APCs of more than 9100 Open-access Journals: Free for Max Planck authors! Acknowledging Horizon2020 projects - your article and data hast to be open access mandatorily!
Within the publication process:

  • provide your Max-Planck E-mail address
  • author must be (in most cases) corresponding author (option: second corresponding author)
  • use correct MPI/MPG affiliation
  • Check the article type! E.g. DEAL Wiley: only primary research - or review articles!

How do you find a trustworthy repository for your data? Ask the library! Open Access to Data

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Finishing your thesis?  Please provide a copy of the thesis to us: we will check your thesis for an open access publication option. Thesis access is recommended to be open access via our E-Library. Your thesis will be archived in print and/or digitally at the Library: call Number:com80 Please consider to include the accepted manuscript version of your article into your thesis

Thesis process at the University- Library Friedrich Schiller University, Jena (Thulb): Please check the Student Help page


Ombudsperson for the MPI chemical ecology is Grit Kunert, please check the Intranet page

Ombudsperson for the MPI Biogeochmistry is Christoph Gerbig, please check the Intranet page

Some literature and links to important articles and website:

MPG: Rules of Good Scientific Practice in the process of being updated (Sept. 2020)

The "reappraised" checklist for evaluation of publication integrity
Check for publication integrity before misconduct Nature 577, 167-169 (2020) doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03959-6

Andrew Grey, Alison Avenell, Andrew A. Klein & C. K. Gunsalus: A tool that focuses on papers — not researcher behaviour — can help readers, editors and institutions assess which publications to trust.  Nature 577, 167-169 (2020) (not open access)

Grifka, J., Feldmann, T.,  Huettemann, K., Tillmann, B., Meyer zu Tittingdorf, J. (2018)  Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis: Korrektes Vorgehen bei Veröffentlichungen. Forschung & Lehre, 25(10), 874-877 (German only)

Future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication:  Report of the Expert Group to the European Commission , Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2019   ISBN978-92-79-97238-6 doi: 10.2777/836532

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