A reporting obligation is associated with undertaking a cruise. The GPF office expects to receive the cruise report no later than 2 months after the conclusion of the cruise (expedition). It constitutes an important working paper and serves as a report for the funding institutions. Cruise reports should be written according to common criteria.
After the cruise reports are received at the GPF office, they are reviewed according to formal criteria in accordance with the “Guidelines for Authors” and the result is subsequently communicated to the authors. Some of the reports are also randomly reviewed for the quality of their contents. As soon as the cruise report meets the criteria, the GPF office advises that the cruise report can be sent to PANGAEA or the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) Hanover. There, the cruise reports are provided with a digital identifier (DOI). An overview of the cruise reports received to date can be found at https://www.pangaea.de/expeditions/.
Cruise reports are not intended to document scientific evaluation. Around 2 years after the conclusion of the cruise, the users receive a request to describe the use for research. This can be done both in written form and as part of a status conference. Exceptions to this are users of the FS SONNE, who are requested to submit both the cruise report and the technical report (final report/report on expenditure of funds) in written form and also to participate in the status conferences that take place every two years.