A Probability-Based Mixed-Mode Access Panel
for the Social Sciences

FAQ

What are the guidelines for writing a proposal?

We welcome proposals from various social sciences fields, such as sociology, psychology, political science, economic science, and criminology. Detailed evaluation criteria for writing a proposal can be found at our GESIS Panel Proposal Submission Site.

Who can submit a proposal?

Proposals can be submitted by academics at universities or non-commercial research institutes. The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects. (Proposal Submission)

Is it possible to submit a proposal for paid research in the GESIS Panel?

Yes, but funded research projects will be partially required to cover incentive costs. The collection of survey data for non-funded research projects is free of charge.

Which languages can I use for submitting a proposal?

We welcome proposals in English because our review procedure may involve international reviewer. However, because GESIS Panel surveys are being fielded in German only, survey instruments may be submitted in either German or English. Translations costs have to be covered by those submitting their questionnaire in English (300 Euro per minute of survey time, plus turnover tax).

Is there a deadline for submitting a proposal?

Proposals can be submitted throughout the year and there is no deadline specified. (Proposal Submission)

How can I see whether there is overlap between my questions and existing GESIS Panel Core Study items?

Our GESIS Panel Core Study is still being developed at the moment. Here you can find the timetable of the planned fielding time of each module. 

Which demographic variables of the respondents are collected within the GESIS Panel?

Month and year of birth, citizenship, country of birth of the respondent, year of immigration, country of birth: respondent's mother, country of birth: respondent's father, marital status, if single/widowed: has a life partner / joint household with partner, school leaving certificate, intended school-leaving qualification, vocational training, university degree, employment status, labor force status, occupational group, number of children under 16  living in the household, income of the respondent, household income

How long is the review process?

We try to elaborate each proposal in a timely manner and inform you about the results preferably within two months. 

In the case of a panel study, is it possible to specify the period between waves?

Our team will consider your wishes concerning the preferred period between waves best possible. Periods can encompass multiples of two months. 

After receiving the results of the review process, how long does it take until my study can be fielded?

After the review process it is possible that there are some alterations of your study questions necessary. Hence it depends on how extensive these alterations are and how fast they can be implemented. Furthermore the duration is a matter of the compatibility of your proposed fielding time with our wave schedule.

Where can I find the GESIS Panel Data?

GESIS Panel data are available via our GESIS DBK Archive.

For more information visit: GESIS Panel Data Usage.

Where can I find details of the studies?

All questionnaires, study descriptions, wave reports, additional documents and the codebook can be found at GESIS Panel Data Usage.