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


1. Who can submit a proposal?

Proposals can be submitted by researchers at universities or non-commercial research institutes. We welcome proposals from various social science fields, such as sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and criminology. The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects.

2. What are the guidelines for writing a proposal?

Detailed guidelines including evaluation criteria can be found on our Submission Site.

3. Is there a deadline for submitting a proposal?

All proposals can be submitted throughout the year; there is no specific deadline.

4. How long does the review process take?

We usually review the stage one proposals of the regular submission within four weeks. Due to the external peer-review process in stage two, you will typically receive the final review after two more months. Short submissions are usually reviewed within four weeks.

5. If the results of the review process are positive and my proposal is accepted, how long does it take until my study can be fielded?

This strongly depends on the number of  accepted studies that are already placed in the GESIS Panel waves. Usually, we are able to conduct your study within one year after a positive review.  In any case, we will discuss the placement of your study with you in advance.

6. How long does it take until I can use the data?

After your study has been fielded, the data preparation and publication will take four to six months.

7. Is it possible to submit a proposal for funded research in the GESIS Panel?

Yes, please find more information on our submission site for third-party funded studies.

8. The journal in which I would like to publish the results of my analyses with data from the GESIS Panel requires an ethics vote. What should I do?

Please send us a message to info(at)gesis-panel(dot)org and we will assist you.

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

The GESIS Panel Team will consider your wishes concerning the preferred period between waves.

10. What languages may I use for submitting a proposal?

We welcome proposals in English because our review procedure may involve international reviewers. Survey instruments may be submitted either in German or in English. However, because GESIS Panel surveys are fielded only in German, English instruments must be translated into German after positive peer review of the proposal. Translation costs must be borne by those submitting the proposal.

11. How can I find out whether there is an overlap between my questions and existing study items in the GESIS Panel?

Please check our documentation; especially our codebook and study descriptions. There you can find all questions and items already included in the GESIS Panel.

12. What demographic characteristics of the respondents are collected within the GESIS Panel?

The following demographic variables are collected: month and year of birth; citizenship; country of birth of the respondent; year of immigration; country of birth of the respondent's mother; country of birth of the 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. Please check the questionnaire "Socio-Demographic Update" in our Longitudinal Core Studies.

13. Where can I find the GESIS Panel Data?

The GESIS Panel data are available via the GESIS Data Archive.

14. How do I cite the GESIS Panel Data?

Researchers are required to cite the data set they use in publications with the correct ZA version number and DOI. Here is an example citation for version 41.0.0 of both data sets.

GESIS (2021). GESIS Panel Standard Edition. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5665 Datafile Version 41.0.0, doi: 10.4232/1.13785
GESIS (2021). GESIS Panel Extended Edition. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5664 Datafile Version 41.0.0, doi: 10.4232/1.13784

To enable others to replicate the results, we ask researchers to cite the data set (Standard or Extended Edition) and the version they have used for their publication (and not to use the most current version by default).

If you have used data from our special SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus survey in your publication, please cite them as follows:

GESIS (2020): GESIS Panel Special Survey on the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak in Germany. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5667 Datafile Version 1.1.0, doi: 10.4232/1.13520

Additionally, please refer to the GESIS Panel reference paper in publications that are based on the GESIS Panel data set:

Bosnjak, M., Dannwolf, T., Enderle, T., Schaurer, I., Struminskaya, B., Tanner, A., & Weyandt K. W. (2018). Establishing an open probability-based mixed mode panel of the general population in Germany: The GESIS Panel. Social Science Computer Review, 36(1): 103-115.

15. Where can I find details of the fielded studies?

All questionnaires, study descriptions, wave reports, additional documents and the codebook can be found in the documentation.

16. I am not that familiar with designing a questionnaire. Where can I get help?

When designing a questionnaire, please take a look at our FAQ Questionnaire Design (194 kB).

Do you still have questions about the GESIS Panel that we have not answered on our pages yet? Then please use our contact form.