Ein probabilistisches Mixed-Mode Access Panel
für die Sozialwissenschaften


1.1 What are the guidelines for writing a proposal?

We welcome proposals from various social science fields, such as sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and criminology. Detailed evaluation criteria for writing a proposal can be found on our GESIS Panel Proposal Submission Site.

1.2 What makes a good questionnaire? - FAQ

When designing a questionnaire, please take a look at our FAQ about questionnaire design.

2. Who can submit a proposal?

Proposals can be submitted by academics at universities or non-commercial research institutes. The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects.

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

Yes, but funded research projects will be required to partially cover incentive costs. The collection of survey data for non-funded research projects is free of charge.

4. 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-language instruments must be translated into German after positive peer review of the proposal. Translation costs must be borne by those submitting the proposal.

5. Is there a deadline for submitting a proposal?

Regular proposals can be submitted throughout the year; there is no specific deadline. Fast-track submission dealines end two months before each wave.

6. How long does the review process take?

We try to evaluate each proposal in a timely manner and to inform you of the outcome within two months, if possible.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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. 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?

After the review process, some alterations to your study questions may be necessary. Hence, the length of time between acceptance of your proposal and the fielding of your study depends on how extensive these alterations are and how quickly they can be implemented. It also depends on the compatibility of your proposed fielding time with our wave schedule.

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

A regular submission undergoes a detailed review process which may take up to three months. Once your study has been accepted, the GESIS Panel team will decide in which wave your study can run. After your study has been fielded, the data preparation and publication can take four to six months.

12. Where can I find the GESIS Panel Data?

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

13. Where can I find details of the studies?

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