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Survey Guidelines

Survey Data Documentation

Documentation of research results is an essential process within the research lifecycle, which includes the steps of study planning and developing the survey instruments, data collection and preparation, data analysis, and data archiving. Primary researchers have to ensure that the collected data and all accompanying materials are properly documented and archived. This enables the scientific community to understand and reproduce the results of a scientific project. The purpose of this survey guideline is to provide a brief introduction and an overview about data preparation and data documentation in order to help primary researchers to make their data and other study-related materials long-term accessible. 

Struminskaya, Bella, Gauly, Britta, Daikeler, Jessica, Khorshed, Julia, Jedinger, Alexander (2018). Survey Data Documentation. Mannheim, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS- Survey Guidelines). DOI: 10.15465/gesis-sg_en_024