Academic integrity: Learn what that means. Good scientific practice is a prerequisite for credible and internationally competitive scientific research. Academic freedom forms the basis for academic research and teaching. So, are academics allowed to do anything? Certainly not. Academics are limited since freedom can only be granted if it is balanced out by responsible actions. So, what am I specifically responsible for as an academic and how do I carry out this responsibility? Behaviour based on integrity in an academic context is a basic attitude that you demonstrate while you set up a research project, during the actual research work and in the publication process. It is crucial to adhere to certain academic standards, e.g. • to make the research funding transparent, • to reveal conflicts of interest, • to manage research data in a professional manner, and • to quote sources correctly. But research integrity is more than just avoiding plagiarism, falsification of data and unsubstantiated authorships. Rather it is more about the grey areas of good academic practice. Because in real academic contexts where there may be conflicting values, where there is no clear “right” or “wrong”, academic standards can come under pressure. Thus, you should learn to develop your own moral guide in order to be able to negotiate difficult situations with yourself and others.