Call for submissions

Purpose of this call

Open science practices such as the preregistration of studies and the publication of all research outcomes (e.g., data, code) increase the transparency and verifiability of research but are hardly rewarded by current grant schemes and publication systems.

ZPID, the Leibniz Institute for Psychology, is committed to the idea of open science and sees itself as a public open science institute for psychology. Thus, we offer researchers the service PsychLab, a cost-free data collection for preregistered studies of high quality. To access PsychLab, researchers submit the preregistration protocol of their study to ZPID’s lab track. These submissions are then reviewed by experts from the field. This provides valuable feedback at a stage at which authors benefit the most from it. However, the review process also requires considerable time and its timeline is often unpredictable. The goal of this call is to bundle applications for online studies that will be reviewed in a concerted, preplanned effort, thus accelerating the review process of the lab track.

In a nutshell: We invite you to submit a preregistration protocol of your online study and, in return, offer you an accelerated review process. If your preregistration protocol is accepted, ZPID will fund your sample.

Scope and feasibility of proposals

We welcome submissions contributing to all kinds of psychological research. Proposed studies must be feasible to be conducted with an online access panel and cannot exceed a maximum duration of 30 minutes per participant. Clinical and underage samples, as well as study designs with flexible payoffs (e.g., punishment/reward experiments), are not possible. Quota sampling (e.g., age, education, income) from multiple countries is possible. Please see our portfolio for more details.


  • The study, including requirements for the desired sample (e.g., quota variables), must be implemented using appropriate software (e.g., Unipark, Qualtrics, LimeSurvey, SoSci Survey).
  • Approval of the project by an independent ethics committee must be obtained prior to data collection.
  • The accepted proposals and the collected data will be published on PsychArchives.

How to apply

Stage 1: Write an abstract (up to 400 words), fill in this form to describe your desired sample, and email both to We will let you know whether your study is in principle feasible to conduct via the Lab Track and you will receive a notification whether you were invited to the next stage.

Stage 2: Submit a preregistration protocol of your planned study to our Lab Track. Let us know in the cover letter that you submit to this call. Please use the PRP-QUANT template to create your preregistration. Either fill in the template directly or write a Registered Report including the information inquired in the template, that is, using the template as a checklist to write your protocol. Your preregistration will undergo peer review and you will be notified of the outcome.


Nov 14, 2021

Deadline: Submission of abstracts

Nov 26, 2021

Invitations for full proposals

Dec 5, 2021

Deadline: Submission of preregistration proposals

Jan 7, 2022

First round reviews

Jan 23, 2022

Deadline: Revisions due

Jan 28, 2022

Notifications of decision

Feb 15, 2022 (ongoing)

Start of data collection