Public confidence in the objectivity and reliability of science seems to have suffered in recent years. This underlines the challenge of reflecting the criteria of good science within the scientific community and of comparing basic standards of quality assurance across disciplines.
The working group will investigate which methodological standards should ensure the reliability and quality of scientific research results in the respective discipline for various exemplarily selected scientific disciplines. The subject-specifically divergent design of fundamental standards, such as the replicability of results, the intersubjective verifiability of statements and the orientation towards an empirical database, will be analysed in a comparative manner.
The starting point are the standards de facto established in the various disciplines, which are to be explained, specified and tested for their meaningfulness in joint interdisciplinary work and on the basis of concrete questions.