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


To access the GESIS Panel data (Standard Edition), researchers must follow the instruction of GESIS Panel Data Access, and complete and sign our Data Use Agreement.

To allow students to use the data in the framework of a thesis, their supervisors must request the data. On approval of the data-use request, the GESIS Data Archive will provide researchers with access to the current scientific use file via secure ftp download.

The GESIS Panel master dataset includes new data from the latest wave as well as revisions from previous waves. Data are accessible about four to six months after the end of the field period.

We provide two versions of this master dataset via the GESIS Data Archive:

  1. GESIS Panel - Standard Edition: ZA5665
  2. GESIS Panel - Extended Edition: ZA5664

The first version ("Standard Edition") is a scientific use file accessible for research purposes; the second version ("Extended Edition") is a secure scientific use file that is available only for on-site use at the GESIS Secure Data Center in Cologne.

The GESIS Panel Campus File is intended for teaching purposes only. It provides interested parties (e.g., students or lecturers) with an opportunity to work with an easily accessible, high quality panel dataset that should satisfy many requirements set forth in the interested parties' curriculum. In exchange for easy accessibility, the GESIS Panel Campus File contains only selected portions of the original GESIS Panel scientific use file. In order to ensure the anonymity of our panelists, the GESIS Panel Campus File contains only a random 25% sample of all panel members who were still active at the start of the respective year. For the current Campus File, the final sample size is N=1222. An exact documentation of studies and variables included in this year's GESIS Panel Campus File can be found in the data description and codebook.

Access to the GESIS Panel Campus File (ZA5666 / doi:10.4232/1.12749) can be acquired at the GESIS Data Archive.

GESIS Panel - Campus File: ZA5666

Along with the dataset all documents are stored centrally in the GESIS Data Archive. Due to data protection regulations, some variables are not included in the scientific use file but rather only in the secure scientific use file. The differences between the versions are marked in the codebook.

Researchers interested in using GESIS Panel data for scientific publication purposes should use the full dataset (either the GESIS Panel Standard Edition or the GESIS Panel Extended Edition). Data users are strongly advised not to use the GESIS Panel Campus File for scientific publications other than for teaching purposes.