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

The most important information about the GESIS Panel


  • Probability-based mixed-mode access panel
  • Start February 2014 (Development phase 2013)
  • About 4400 panelists (June 2018)
  • Participation mode: online (web-based) or offline (by mail)
    • Participation (June 2018): about 67% of respondents participate online and about 33% take part offline
  • Data collection: every two months (a total of six waves per year)
  • Survey duration: 20 minutes per wave
    • about five minutes for the GESIS Panel longitudinal core study 
    • about 15 minutes for submitted studies, i.e. a maximum of five minutes per submitted study
  • Peer review


  • German-speaking population aged between 18 and 70 years (at the time of recruitment) and permanently resident in Germany
  • 2014: the GESIS Panel comprised about 4900 panelists
  • 2016: refreshment sample was drawn from the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS)
  • This "second" cohort in the GESIS Panel includes respondents aged 18 and older
  • 2018: the GESIS Panel comprises about 4400 panelists in total

Incentive costs

  • Data collection and data usage for academic purposes is in most cases free of charge
  • Third-party funded projects are required to cover part of the incentive costs. Further information is available on request.

Study selection

  • The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects. Should you have any doubts or questions as to whether your specific research project might cause conflicts between these interests, responsibilities, and regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • When making the final decision to accept or refuse a proposal, the GESIS Panel Team has to balance various interests, responsibilities, and regulations, namely (a) legal regulations and ethical standards; (b) GESIS' responsibility to protect the integrity of panelists; (c) GESIS' interest in maintaining an unbiased panel (e.g., by avoiding panel attrition and differential drop-out likely to be induced by certain topics and experimental procedures); (d) the interest of the primary and secondary researchers in collecting and using survey data.
  • After a successful internal review process, the GESIS Panel Team passes submitted studies on to an external peer review process.

For further questions we also recommend our FAQ.