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Setting up a study FAQs

Can I create surveys using Prolific?

Our Survey Builder feature allows you to run short surveys of up to five multiple-choice questions directly via Prolific. This means you can create polls, custom screening, and more using Prolific.

Please note that these surveys should not include any sensitive questions, such as those related to race, ethnicity, sexual and political orientation, religion, medical records, or trade union membership. This feature is also currently only available to researchers in the UK, EEA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Argentina, South Korea, and the USA.

For more complex or sensitive surveys, our guides on survey / experimental software integration will help you to integrate your preferred survey software into your Prolific study.

Can I share my draft study with colleagues?

The best way to share your draft study with colleagues is to invite them to your workspace. They'll be able to see how the study is set up and preview the study to see it from the participants' perspective too.

How do I copy a study?

You can duplicate studies from the study's 'action menu'.

When you copy a study, this will include all details of the study including the prescreeners. The completion code for the study will also be the same as in the original study.

Please be aware that if you duplicate a completed study, the 'exclude participants from previous studies' prescreener will automatically be applied. This will prevent participants who took part in the original study from participating in the new version. You are welcome to remove this prescreener if you wish!

Please see How can I prevent specific participants from accessing my study? for guidance on how to prevent previous participants from accessing the new study if the study was not completed before it was duplicated.

How do I delete a study?

You can delete a draft study from the study's 'action menu'.

Please note that only draft studies can be deleted. Studies that are active or completed cannot be deleted.

My studies all have the same completion code - will this be an issue?

If you duplicate a study, the completion code will remain the same for the new study. This is not an issue and it is fine for multiple studies to have the same completion code

Can I use a custom completion code?

Yes you can now give participants a custom completion code. You can add them during your study set up in the section below, read more about how they work here: Custom completion codes.


You could choose to give your participants a different completion code to use than the one offered by Prolific. This could be the same code for all participants, or you could give participants different codes. This will result in participants' submissions showing an alert for an unexpected completion code, however this can be ignored and participants approved as usual.

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