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 2018 (if the paper was published online-first, then the online-first publication date counts) can be submitted for the DGOF Best Paper Award 2020.

To be considered for the DGOF Best Paper Award 2020 please fill in the this application form by 30 September 2019.
In addition, please send the following material to (subject line: “DGOF Best Paper Award 2020”):

  • 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 download this Call for Papers here.

Jury DGOF Best Paper Award 2020

Prof. Dr. Markus Appel (University of Wuerzburg)
Prof. Dr. Nicola Doering (Ilmenau University of Technology)
Prof. Dr. Florian Keusch (University of Mannheim), Jury Chair
Prof. Aigul Mavletova (National University Higher School of Economics, Russia)
Prof. Dr. Jochen Musch (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
Prof. Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips (University of Konstanz)
Dr. Henning Silber (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
Assistant Prof. Dr. Bella Struminskaya (Utrecht University)
Dr. Cathleen M. Stützer (TU Dresden)

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: