Good Research Practice

In Germany, academic freedom with respect to research, teaching and study is guaranteed by the constitution. These freedoms are therefore bound to the fundamental values of the constitution of Europa-Universität Flensburg.

Good research practice adheres to the principles of observing professional standards, documenting results, consistently challenging one’s own findings, and maintaining strict honesty about contributions from partners, competitors and predecessors. The hallmarks of good research practice are responsibility, honesty and transparency, with a special emphasis on securing, saving and storing primary data, complying with ethical standards, and promoting early-stage researchers.

In accordance with a recommendation of the DFG Commission on Self-Regulation in Science and Research (DFG white paper 2013), universities and research facilities should appoint an independent ombudsmen to whom their members can turn regarding matters of good scientific practice, and in cases of suspected academic misconduct.

The independent ombudsman at Europa-Universität Flensburg is Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes.

On November 24, 2021, the Senate elected Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes to a three-year term of office.

Members of the EUF Commission for Good Research Practice

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Heering, Faculty I
  • Prof. Dr. Soleig Chilla, Faculty II
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Kleeberg-Niepage, Faculty III

The members of the Commission were elected by the Senate of the Europa-Universität Flensburg on 31.05.2023 in accordance with the Statutes for a period of three years with the term of office commencing on 01.06.2023.

Docoloc Anti-Plagiarism Software

The EUF has a university license for the Docoloc plagiarism software. The software is available for use by all departments and seminars free of charge.  Step-by-step usage instructions can be found under; clicking on "help" will open a page with further information. When using the system for the first time, choose your own user ID and password and then use the license key to activate your account. Then you can upload your file(s) and run the software check. The license key is given out by ZIMT upon request.

Your contact person:

Ombudswoman for Academic Misconduct:

  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes

Substitute Ombudsman:

  • Prof. Dr. Krešimir Matijevic


The ombudspersons as well as the Commission for Good Research Practice can also be contacted by researchers of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).