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

Regular Submission

The Regular Submission offers researchers the possibility to collect cross-sectional and longitudinal data with up to four experimental groups and five minutes survey time per wave. In the first stage, we will review your submission internally within four weeks to check the formal fit with the GESIS Panel. Conditional upon a positive review, you will be invited to submit your full proposal in the second stage. The stage two submission will be subject to an external double-blind peer review process. Data collection and data usage within the regular proposal submission is free of charge. There are no deadlines for the regular proposal submission. 

We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the FAQ Questionnaire Design (190 kB), the Survey Style Guide (1.63 MB) and the Review Criteria (154 kB).


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Stage 2:

After a positive review of your submission documents from stage I,  you can fill out the documents for the stage II.



  • 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.
  • 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.

ZIS stands for the Collection of Items and Scales for the Social Sciences (German: ZIS - Zusammenstellung sozialwissenschaftlicher Items und Skalen). ZIS contains more than 250 instruments, e.g. items for measuring political attitudes or personality. Click here for more information on the documentation of existing Items and Scales for the Social Sciences.