1.) Sign up to Prolific by going to: https://app.prolific.ac/register.
2.) Now click on "Create new study" to set up your study on Prolific.
Please note that you cannot create surveys / experiments using Prolific because our platform is designed to help with participant recruitment, not survey creation. In other words, you need to have created your survey / experiment using a software such as Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, or Gorilla before you can use Prolific.
3.) Next, set up your new study (we'll guide you through this 4-step process). Please enter the following information under step 1 "Basic details":
- The study name (visible to participants)
- The study URL (which is the link to your study)
- The estimated completion time (how long it should take participants to complete your study on average)
- The maximum allowed time (the maximum time participants are given to complete your study)
- The maximum number of submissions (the number of complete participant responses), and
- The reward per participant.
Note that you have to ask participants for their Prolific ID in your survey/experiment. In addition, it is important that you integrate the Callback URL (also called completion URL) in your survey/experiment.
The study cost will be automatically calculated for you by our system. You will need to top up your Prolific account in order to launch your study (that is, add money to your Prolific account). Please note that participants need to be rewarded with at least 5.00 GBP per hour.
The Maximum Allowed Time should be set to give all participants enough time to complete your survey. Submissions that go over this maximum time will usually be marked as Timed-Out, which will result in an automatic rejection. Therefore, to avoid rejecting valid participants who take longer than average to complete your study, make sure you take slower response times into consideration when setting this time limit.
4.) Now, in step 2, briefly describe what participants will have to do in your study:
5.) In step 3, please select any prescreening criteria that you require for your study.
For example, if you require a sample of 200 women who are 20-40 years old, then you can select these criteria here.
If you need a screener that we don't currently have, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be more than happy to help!
Please do not use screeners as part of your studies – it is very frustrating for participants to get kicked out of studies!
6.) In step 4, please check the final box.
You are now ready to post and share your study. Eligible participants will be notified via email that they can participate in your study.
When the study is complete, please review all participants' submissions (that is, approve participants' responses so they are paid). That's it!