Austrian Agency for Research Integrity

The Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (OeAWI) was established in December 2008 as an association in accordance with the Austrian Associations Act and founded by 12 Austrian universities as well as the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), IST Austria and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

The agency is responsible for investigating alleged cases of scientific misconduct in Austria in a professional manner, evaluating the severity of each violation and proposing consequential measures with the first two tasks being assigned to the Commission for Research Integrity, an independent body consisting of distinguished non-Austrian scholars.

The Agency for Research Integrity has neither an arbitrary nor an adjudicative function but offers a neutral and factual platform for investigating thoroughly and impartially (alleged) cases of scientific misconduct. Any individual as well as any institution in Austria can approach the Commission of Research Integrity which is free to decide whether an allegation is to be pursued. The normative power of the commission's work results from its impartial and factual reviewing of cases, which may hopefully make the commission an important benchmark for research integrity in Austria.

Furthermore, the agency is aiming to prevent research misconduct and to raise awareness offering lectures and workshops on the "good scientific practice" to its member institutions. As to research misconduct the agency will publish recommendations of what should be regarded as misconduct and how to detect and prevent it.

Also, the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity is a member of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices ( Thus, being part of an international network of similar organizations consisting of 29 members from 23 European countries (as of 2017).

You will find here the most recent version of our Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice (as of April 2015) and the Rules of procedure for the investigation of alleged scientific misconduct of the Commission for Research Integrity.

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