Prolific Reviews and Features

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Operated by: Prolific Academic Ltd

Quick Overview:
Rewards Offered: Cash paid via PayPal Donations to charity
Member Opportunities: Online surveys
Redeeming Rewards: Request a PayPal payment with £5 in your account.
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Prolific was founded in 2014 and has since grown into a crowdsourcing platform for researchers and participants. 3000+ academics, startups, charities and businesses have used Prolific to learn about what customers and the general public feels about a variety of topics and initiatives.

Join Prolific and take part in fun surveys and exciting scientific studies from researchers across the globe. You might also be helping startups test their apps and games! Join over 70,000 participants from various parts of the world. Prolific is powered by The University of Oxford.

Payment and Rewards

Prolific Offers Fair Rewards!

Prolific promises that you won't get kicked out of surveys and you'll earn cash for your efforts - never points. Any rewards you gain to receive for your participation will be clearly outlined before participating in the study or survey. Prolific believes that everyone's time is valuable and asks researchers to reward participants with at least $6.50 per hour.

Get Paid Directly to Your PayPal Account

Prolific pays out in Sterling GBP and pays its panelists via PayPal. Ensure that the email you sign up with is the same email used for your PayPal account. You may request payment of your Rewards at any time, provided you have accumulated at least £5.00. If you're outside of the UK, you will still receive payments in GBP, but you can easily convert this into your local currency via your PayPal account

Reasonable Approval Times

Survey submissions are reviewed by researchers before study rewards are credited to your account. This can take a few days, but you will not wait longer than 22 days to see your credit. Wait times for receiving Paypal payments after requesting them are no longer than a few days.

Community Features

Prolific is Socially Conscious

You can donate your rewards to charity! Help science and do good at the same time.


Although their registration page allows users worldwide who are 18+ to register with the site, many users outside of certain countries will receive a message on their dashboard that says that Prolific doesn't support the country they live in.

There are over 30 OECD countries that Prolific actually accepts members from. These include the UK, USA, CA, AU, IT, PL, CZ, among others.

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Prolific Reviews (53)

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3 Star Reviews (2)
2 Star Reviews (3)
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On Hold

January 24, 2020 by William from Ireland

I registered on the site two months ago, filled in every demographic and participated in the same 'sample survey' numerous times while awaiting my first real survey. Every day, I would check in expecting a survey but was always greeted by the same sample survey. Two months later, getting nowhere, I noticed my account was 'on hold' all that time. Well, there are far better survey sites out there that don't waste my time and reward my efforts. Hence, bye bye Prolific - I cancelled my account. The only Prolific thing about that survey site is what a complete waste of time it is! AVOID!

They want your Social Security #

September 27, 2019 by Brian from United States

They ask for your Social Security AND Drivers License numbers when you sign up. NO survey panel should EVER ask for that info from a panelist and they're the only panel I've seen do that out of dozens of panels I've been a member of over the last 13yrs.

Simply a joke

November 26, 2018 by james from United States

Upon joining I was prompted that I'd be unable to use the site for a few days while they verify my account. No problem. It took the support team 3 months to verify my account, and in the end, all they had to do was verify my PayPal. They were completely clueless and it felt like I had to do their job for them. Since actually being able to use the site (~40 days), I've literally been offered 0 surveys. I use the same information as I do on any other survey panel. I'm not even mad, this website is such a joke it's hard to be.

1 full star!

October 21, 2018 by Leo from United Kingdom

If nothing else, I can't even go through the profile questions, I cannot put myself to go through the trouble it appears to be, it is very difficult for people whose hands and eyes cannot put the dots on the i first time... I don't even want to imagine how their survey layouts look like if that is their profile layout criteria. --- --- --- eg. postcode - it does not allow you to type the first letter of your postcode (to allow the drop-down menu to appear with the section relevant to that letter), you have to scroll down the whole section to get to the end and find your letter. The scroll bar of (each) profile window is so thin, same colour as the remaining of the window, so much so that I cannot distinguish it. So I had to restart all over again in some parts... --- --- --- My date of birth, I could not work out how to set it and finally I didn't realise it was wrong, now it's too late BUT YOU CAN DELETE IT, what? I did, and ..then?? contact...c-s?> Then, no matter if I did zoom in or out ... --- --- --- I then tried with my tablet, but the page froze (I did notice that even Chrome on my laptop was not very responsive with their profile sections); also tried Edge on my tablet but in vain. ------- FINALLY, that demo on their homepage? what was that about?? I tried it but wasted even more time. --- --- --- I've been on and off surveys for the past 20 years but this website is the worst profile I came across. 1 FULL STAR!

cash out failed twice wont' reply

April 23, 2019 by sue from United States

I was going good on surveys with prolific, cashed out, no money came to my pp account. Emailed them, they replied to try again. I did that, still no money. Now they won't even reply! Don't sign up with them, they are horrible!