The DGOF Best Paper Award 2025
to recognize outstanding scientific contributions in online research

The German Society for Online Research (DGOF) annually recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in online research through the DGOF Best Paper Award for a researcher or group of researchers.

The DGOF by-laws define “online research” as any type of research about computers or other devices that are connected by a network, in particular the Internet. Online research includes online based data collection (e.g., web surveys in online panels), mobile research with smartphones, tablets, and wearables, and the collection and analysis of social media data, administrative data, data from passive measurements, and other Big Data sources.

The prize will be awarded to a paper that provides a fundamental scientific contribution to the advancement of the methods of online research. Topics that are suitable for the award can be found in the program of the annual General Online Research (GOR) conference ( Both theoretical/conceptual and empirical/methodological papers are considered for the award. Papers that do not focus on online research but, for example, merely use online data collection (e.g., through a web survey) to answer a substantive research question will not be considered.

The award is worth Euro 500 and will be presented at the annual GOR conference. An abstract (and, if available, a preprint) of the award-winning paper will be posted to the DGOF website ( To be considered for the award, papers must be published in an outlet that uses a peer-review process (e.g., peer-reviewed journal, full papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, refereed book chapter) at the time of submission. Papers written in German or English and published not earlier than 2023 (if the paper was published online-first, then the online-first publication date counts) can be submitted for the DGOF Best Paper Award 2025.

To be considered for the DGOF Best Paper Award 2025, please fill in the following application form by 30. September 2024. In addition, please send the following material to (subject line: “DGOF Best Paper Award 2025”):

  • Copy (PDF) of the published paper
  • CV of corresponding author

The winner will be selected by a committee installed by the DGOF board. All decisions are final and not subject to legal appeal.

You can also download this call here to share it with colleagues. 

For questions, please contact the DGOF office at 

Jury of the DGOF Best Paper Award 2025

Dr. Eva Aizpurua (National Centre for Social Research, UK)
Prof. Dr. Nicola Doering (Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Florian Keusch (University of Mannheim, Germany), Jury Chair
Dr. Henning Silber (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany)
Dr. Cathleen Stützer (TU Dresden, Germany)
Chan Zhang, PhD (Zhejiang University, China)
Prof. Dr. habil. Ramona Schödel (Charlotte Fresenius Hochschule, Germany)

Award Sponsor 2025

Wir danken herzlich unserem diesjährigen Award Sponsor TBA

We heartily congratulate the 2024 DGOF Best Paper Award Winner:

Reiter, T., Schoedel, R. for their paper
„Never miss a beep: Using mobile sensing to investigate (non-)compliance in experience sampling studies.“ 
Behav Res (2023).

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Past Winners

Award Winner 2023

Michael P. Kim, Christoph Kern, Shafi Goldwasser, Frauke Kreuter, Omer Reingold for their paper
„Universal adaptability: Target-independent inference that competes with propensity scoring“
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

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Award Winner 2022

Simon Munzert, Peter Selb, Anita Gohdes, Lukas F. Stoetzer and Will Lowe for their paper
„Tracking and promoting the usage of a COVID-19 contact tracing app“
Nature Human Behavior, 5, 247-255

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Award Winner 2021

Clemes Stachl, Quay Au, Ramona Schoedel, Samuel d. Gosling, Gabriella M. Harari, Daniel Buschek, Sarah Theres Völkel, Tobias Schuwerk, Michelle Oldemeier, Theresa Ullmann, Heinrich Hussmann, Bernd Bischl und Markus Bühner for their paper
“Predicting personality from patterns of behavior collected with smartphones”
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (30), 17680-17687

Accessible on PNAS:

Award Winner 2020

Felix Henninger, Yury Shevchenko, Ulf K. Mertens, Pascal J. Kieslich and Benjamin E. Hilbig for their paper
“lab.js: A free, open, online study builder”
Behavior Research Methods (10.31234/

The preprint is accessible on PsyArXiv:

Award Winner 2019

Diana Steger, Ulrich Schroeders and Timo Gnambs for their paper
“A meta-analysis of test scores in proctored and unproctored ability assessments”
European Journal of Psychological Assessment (Advance online publication. doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000494)

The preprint is accessible on PsyArXiv: