Good Scientific Practice must be lived


Teaching and learning materials

The Austrian Agency for Research Integrity starts from the premise that active involvement and reflexion are the best way to raising awareness for the Standards of Good Scientific Practice, as for the prevention of questionable and unacceptable research practices and research misconduct.


Therefore, the OeAWI offers its didactically tried teaching and learning materials to foster Good Scientific Practice at one’s institution. On the one hand, the eLearning environment of the OeaWI includes eLearning courses, each with an emphasis on a specific topic concerning Good Scientific Practice, on the other hand, especially teachers and lecturers have the possibility to access the material repository of the OeAWI Train-the-Trainer Workshop.


In the eLearning-environment of the OeAWI, different eLearning courses with an emphasis on facilitating the Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice are offered.


As project partner of the Horizon 2020-project VIRT2UE, which is concerned with the development of an all-European Train-the-Trainer program for facilitating research ethics and research integrity, the OeAWI was involved in the development of eLearning courses. The eLearning courses from the project VIRT2UE are organized in three series, and can both be found in the eLearning environment of the OeAWI, as well as at the Embassy of Good Science:


Introduction to Research Integrity

Introduction of Virtue Ethics to Research Integrity

Virtue Ethics under current research conditions

Learn more about VIRT2UE.

Topics of teaching and learning materials

  • Agency for Research Integrity
  • Good Scientific Practice
  • Data Management
  • Citation and Plagiarism
  • Publication and Authorship
  • Responsibility of supervisors, early stage researchers and institutions


The OeAWI considers itself a driving force for the implementation of the Standards of Good Scientific Practice (GSP) in research. It is the task of research institutions and the researchers themselves to apply and internalize these standards. In response to requests of member organizations, the OeAWI has developed a short training program entitled “Train-the-trainer”, which is to demonstrate didactic methods fostering GSP.


Given the fact that the majority of individuals dealing with research integrity professionally, have acquired their knowledge and understanding of the matter on their own or via learning-by-doing when necessary, the short training program ought to enhance their disciplinary and methodological competence.

The program counts on its dissemination impact. In an interactive setting, future trainers are instructed in the fundamentals of research integrity, the avoidance of scientific misconduct and questionable, unacceptable practices. Special attention is paid to the presentation of didactic methods fostering GSP.


OeAWI’s programs rely on evidence-based, didactic methods and aim to stimulate active and reflective engagement with Good Scientific Practice (GSP).


Didactic Approach

The material of the OeAWI rely on evidence-based didactic methods and aim to stimulate active and reflective engagement with Good Scientific Practice (GSP). Raising awareness for research integrity and fostering a sense of individual responsibility are top priorities of the OeAWI training programs. In this spirit, the didactic concepts have been developed to fit the working reality of research and at the same time, to build on the knowledge and skills of the participants.


Because it is assumed that an engagement with research integrity involves a discussion of common values, norms and guidelines, as well as their translation to the discipline-specific and individual context, the materials may only be a starting point for reflecting on topics of Good Scientific Practice. It is deemed necessary to consider the relevance and precedence of different aspects of Good Scientific Practice for one’s own teaching and research activities in the respective discipline. The materials are structure in a way that they may be used both for self-paced and individual engagement with the topics, as for embedding in curricular and extra-curricular training. The modularity of the materials is designed to allow for a flexible embedding in different teaching and learning contexts.


Access to the teaching and learning materials

Members and non-members of the OeAWI may get access to the eLearning courses of the OeAWI. All persons affiliated to a member organisation may register automatically for the eLearning environment of the OeAWI. In case you can’t get access to the eLearning environment, although you are affiliated to a member organisation of the OeAWI, please refer to For questions about the data protection regarding the eLearning environment, please find more information here.

In order be accessible also for international students and researchers at Austrian institutions, the materials are offered in English.

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Melanie Lettl

Assistant to the Managing Director, Administration of the EU-Projects