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


Researchers from various social science fields (e.g., sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, economists, and criminologists) at universities and non-commercial research institutes, may submit a regular proposal throughout the year. Additionally, the GESIS Panel offers a fast-track procedure that enables researchers to submit short proposals on topical social issues.

1. Regular Proposal Submission

Preparing your proposal involves providing information about your research project by filling out our proposal submission form and creating your survey using the Unipark survey development environment. Your questionnaire must conform to the GESIS Panel Survey Style Guide. Our submission template gives you an example of an adequate design.

The GESIS Panel uses a Web-based submission system for managing the submission and peer-review process. All submission documents can be obtained from the GESIS Panel Proposal Submission Site.

The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects. Moreover, as the aim of the GESIS Panel is to survey people, not to manipulate them, experiments designed to manipulate respondents are not suitable for the GESIS Panel.

Accepted questionnaires will be run free of charge, except in the case of funded research projects, which will be required to cover part of the incentive costs.

The GESIS Panel welcomes proposals for single-wave studies (i.e., cross-sectional designs) as well as multiple-wave studies (i.e., longitudinal studies including multiple cross-sectional designs and panel designs). Only studies that take full advantage of the entire panel can be considered; cohort or sub-sample studies are not eligible for consideration.

Researchers may wish to use the services of the GESIS Pretest Lab prior to submitting their proposals/questionnaires. The GESIS Pretest Lab supports researchers in optimizing their survey questions prior to data collection in order to ensure high quality of the collected data.

2. Fast-Track Submission on Current Topics

The fast-track procedure offers researchers an opportunity to collect last-minute data on current topics within the GESIS Panel. Eligible studies should address a current topic, such as important forthcoming events (e.g., elections), contemporary changes in society (e.g., migration), or issues of public discussion (e.g., minimum wages). Please make sure to clearly justify the urgency of your data collection.

The submitted questionnaire may comprise (a) up to three short single-choice questions, (b) one multiple choice question with a maximum of seven items, or (c) one open-ended question. In contrast to regular proposals, this questionnaire does not have to be submitted as a Unipark questionnaire, nor does it undergo an external review process.

All you need to do is to fill in the Fast-Track-Submission Form (1022 KB), and sign the GESIS Panel General Terms and Conditions, and send them to current-topic@gesis-panel.org. Among all eligible proposals submitted before the deadline, the GESIS Panel Team randomly selects one questionnaire for the upcoming wave.

The deadline ends usually two months before data collection starts.

DeadlineField PeriodData Publication
Wave fc04/16/201806/13/2018 - 08/14/201810/16/2018
Wave fd


08/15/2018 - 10/16/201812/18/2018
Wave fe08/20/201810/17/2018 - 12/11/201802/12/2019