What Is Prolific?
Prolific is a crowdsourcing platform that connects researchers with paid study participants. Supported study formats include surveys, video interviews, diary studies, and more. Founded in 2014, the platform claims to be home to over 120k participants and 30k researchers.
General Details 📜
|Helps You:||Hire Help Make Money|
|Platform Type:||Crowdsourcing Marketplace|
|Opportunities:||Academic Research Participation Diary Study Participation Focus Group Participation Market Research Participation Research Interview Participation |
Contact Info ☎️
|Socials:||Linkedin • Twitter • Facebook • Subreddit|
|Emails:||email@example.com (for general support) • firstname.lastname@example.org (for privacy related inquiries)|
|Support Pages:||Participant FAQ • Participant Help Centre • Researcher Help Centre|
Company Details 🏢
|Legal Name:||Prolific Academic Ltd.|
|Founders:||Phelim Bradley • Ekaterina Damer • Jim Moodie|
|Headquarters:||Green Lanes, London, England|
Who Is Prolific For?
Prolific is for two groups: (1) Researchers looking to conduct academic research and market research with participants from around the world; and (2) Individuals looking to earn money by contributing to research and taking part in a variety of studies.
|Minimum Age:||18 years old|
|Supported Locations:||Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile |
Researchers can sign up from anywhere in the world. As a participant, if you are from one of the supported locations above but live elsewhere, you can still participate in paid studies.
|Supported Devices:||Computer, Smartphone, Tablet|
Prolific can be accessed via web browser on any device (user experience may vary).
How Does Prolific Work?
There are 2 types of users on Prolific: Participants and Researchers.
Here's how Prolific works for each of those user types:
Prolific participants can earn money by participating in academic and market research-related surveys, focus groups, interviews, diary studies, and more. After accumulating £5, earnings can be cashed out via PayPal.
Key Points 🔑
You can only cash out once every 24 hours.
|Payout Speed:||0-4 days|
Prolific processes payouts every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. After you've requested at least four (4) payouts, you'll be moved to instant payouts. Note that the earnings from a study won't be available for payout until they're approved by the researcher running the study, which can take up to 22 days.
|Other Notes:||Prolific may require you to verify your identity with an ID check.|
Pros and cons are based on real Prolific Participant reviews.
Getting Started 🔢
To become a participant on Prolific, head over to the platform's website, find the signup button, and select that you're interested in participating in studies. You'll have to fill out a waitlist with your full name, country of residence, country of birth, date of birth, ethnic group, sex, and email.
Waitlisted participants are invited based on undercovered or in-demand demographics, so you may receive one really quickly or you could be waiting months.
Once you're invited, you can finish your account setup and take the first practice study. This is a simple example study that will give you an idea of how the Prolific platform works.
From there, you'll want to fill in your "About You" page, which asks for more info about your demographics, hobbies, etc.
Earning Money 💵
You can earn money on Prolific by participating in studies. Studies are typically academic-related or market research-related and can be in the format of:
- Short surveys (5 questions or less)
- Long surveys (more than 5 questions, mix of multiple choice, written responses, etc.)
- Focus groups (studies with multiple participants at a time)
- Video interviews (1-on-1 interviews with researchers)
- Diary studies (studies completed over multiple days)
- Multi-part studies (studies completed in multiple sessions)
After completing a study, you'll need to wait for it to be approved by the researcher running the study. This can take up to 22 days.
Cashing Out 💰
Once you have at least £5 in your balance, you can cash out your Prolific earnings via PayPal.
After cashing out, you can expect to receive your Prolific payout in 0-4 days. (Prolific processes payouts every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. After you've requested at least four (4) payouts, you'll be moved to instant payouts. Note that the earnings from a study won't be available for payout until they're approved by the researcher running the study, which can take up to 22 days.)
Prolific researchers can use the platform to create and distribute academic and market-research-related studies to a large pool of paid participants. Studies can be created on-platform or with external software and can be in the format of an online form, video interview, diary study, or similar.
Key Points 🔑
|Commissions / Fees:||Service fees are calculated based on total spend. The rate is 30% for corporate customers and 25% for academia and not-for-profits.|
|Payment Options:||Credit Card, Debit Card, Direct Deposit, Invoice|
Payments can be made in USD or GBP.
Getting Started 🔢
To become a researcher on Prolific, head over to the platform's website and create a researcher account. You'll be asked for your full name, country of residence, and work email.
After your account is approved and your email is verified, you can start creating your first study.
Prolific has a built-in survey builder (it allows 5 questions max) and supports a variety of external survey software for you to build and launch your studies. Besides regular form-style surveys, you can also use Prolific to conduct diary studies, video interviews, multi-part studies, and more.
During your study setup, participants can be targeted based on a range of demographic factors.
After launching a study and receiving submissions, you have 21 days to review them (unreviewed submissions will be automatically approved). Prolific will republish your study automatically to replace rejected submissions, if necessary.
Funds must be added in advance to cover total study costs.
Prolific recommends paying study participants at least £9.00/$12.00 per hour. The minimum pay allowed is £6.00/$8.00 per hour.
You can get an estimate of how much your entire study will cost by generating a quote. You can generate a quote for any study you create on Prolific. The quote will be broken down into participant rewards + service fees + VAT (if applicable).
Note that study estimates may not be exact. There are some situations where your final study cost may be higher than the quoted amount.
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