Good scientific practice wants to be taught


What is the Train-the-Trainer
of the OeAWI about?

The OeAWI considers itself a driving force for the implementation of the Standards of 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.




Train-the-Trainer (in German language)


Basic Information

Target groups
  • University teachers who want their students to learn about “Good Scientific Practice”
  • PhD Program leaders and those supervising early stage researchers
  • Ombudspersons at universities and research institutions
  • Individuals interested in the subject matter of research integrity

Theoretical input, case studies, individual and group activities, discussion rounds, practicing didactic models

Group size

8 to 25 persons (recommendation)


Upon completion of the short training program “Train-the-Trainer” participants should be well-equipped to offer their own seminars and workshops on the topic of GSP; to ensure institutional adherence to the Standards of GSP; and to serve as knowledge multipliers. Another declared aim of the training program is to establish a network among the course participants. In the course of their training, participants receive plenty of materials for their own subsequent instructional use (case studies, literature sources, etc.).


First day,  10am – 5pm

Second day, 9am – 2pm


Free of charge for member institutions
750€ per person for non-members

Topics of the Course

Agency for Research Integrity
  • Structure, Tasks and Aims, International Context
Good Scientific Practice
  • Historical background (international and Austrian), definition
  • Current developments and discussions in the field of research integrity
  • Applicable regulations and guidelines at local, national and international levels (OeAWI Guidelines, European Code of Conduct, Singapore Statement)
  • Research Misconduct: Forms and manifestations of research misconduct, “sloppy science”, questionable and unacceptable research practices
Data Management
  • Original and primary data, ideas and sources
  • Documentation of research process, data protection and storage duties
  • Ownership of data (lab books, published data, figures and texts)
  • Adequate data security (Protection against destruction and theft)
  • Data sharing
Publication and authorship
  • Overview of the guidelines and rules of important publication bodies
  • Problem areas: plagiarism, duplicate publication, salami publication, peer review process and reviewer responsibility; guidelines and problem areas of the review process.
  • Authorship: duties and responsibilities of authors; criteria that entitle to authorship.
  • Problem areas: denial of authorship, inappropriate authorship ranking, honorary authorship, joint responsibility for publications containing forgeries.
Quote and plagiarism
  • Correct citation
  • Types of plagiarism, detection and prevention
Responsibility of caregivers and cared-for persons as well as of institutions
  • Area of responsibility, potential conflicts of interest of supervisors
  • Relationship of dependence between early stage researchers and supervisors
  • Possible problems in the supervisory process
  • Good supervision as prevention of research misconduct
Didactic Methods:
  • Theoretical inputs on didactic approaches
  • Opportunities of applying different formats
  • Reflective testing of presented methods
  • Special features of facilitating GSP
On request: Dealing with misconduct
  • Commissions, ombudspersons and responsible persons/committees for scientific integrity (basic principles, working methods and procedures)

Are you interested in the Train-the-Trainer?

Is your institution a member of the OeAWI?

Participating in the Train-the-Trainer course of the OeAWI is free of charge for member institutions.

Is your institution not a member of the OeAWI?

Participating in any training program of the OeAWI is fee-based for non-member institutions. We gladly answer your questions concerning a possible membership.

If you have any questions about Train-the-Trainer and the registration, do not hesitate to ask and contact us to make an appointment.

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