Research Integrity

Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice
All persons involved in research at IST Austria are obliged to adhere to the standards of Good Scientific Practice, which define the principles of integrity in research and scholarship.

Definitions of good scientific practice and of scientific misconduct are provided in the “Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice” of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (Österreichische Agentur für wissenschaftliche Integrität, OeAWI).

Scientific record keeping
Every person performing experimental work at IST Austria has to keep detailed, daily records of the conducted experiments. For scientific record keeping, either a paper lab notebook or an electronic lab notebook can be used.

A well-kept notebook provides a reliable reference for writing up methods and results of a study, for preparation of formal reports, papers, and presentations. A comprehensive notebook permits one to reproduce any part of a methodology completely and accurately. It can be an invaluable source of information for a variety of purposes, including demonstration of adherence to standards of good scientific practice and of academic and ethical integrity. In addition, it is a legally valid record for determination of claims of discovery where new inventions are concerned.

If you have any general questions about research integrity at IST Austria or need more information, please contact Verena Seiboth in Academic Affairs.

Ombudspersons for Good Scientific Practice at IST Austria

The ombudspersons can be addressed by employees of IST Austria if there are any complaints regarding scientific or academic behavior. In particular, they are the persons of contact for scientists who have questions regarding or wish to report a possible incidence of misconduct related to research, teaching, and/or scientific supervision at IST Austria.

Research Ethics

Every scientist should take ethical principles and responsible approaches to research into account and should ensure that her/his work is in agreement with such principles. Researchers thus have a professional responsibility to critically reflect on potential ethical limitations of their research. In addition to the obligation of scientists to adhere to legal provisions, a responsible approach towards research involves avoiding or minimizing the risks of harm to humans and the environment and potential misuse (dual use) of their research results.

In order to ensure the maintenance of high ethical research standards at IST Austria, the Ethics Officer and the Ethics Committee can be consulted on questions regarding ethical issues of research projects at IST Austria.

The Ethics Officer is a contact person for scientific and administrative staff of IST Austria for questions related to research ethics and supports the Ethics Committee in its work.

The Ethics Committee can be consulted on ethical issues regarding ongoing and planned research projects. It does not evaluate topics regulated by law in Austria. In those cases permission from the respective governmental authorities needs to be obtained. If addressed with an inquiry, the Ethics Committee evaluates potential ethical risks of planned and ongoing research projects and scientific approaches, and issues a recommendation if the respective research projects should be performed as outlined in the project description.

Ethics Officer: Verena Seiboth, Academic Affairs