Prolific Reviews and Features

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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.

Users who have unverified PayPal accounts do not generally appear to experience problems receiving their payments from Prolific; it appears that they issue payments to both verified and unverified PayPal payments alike.

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 (94)

5 Star Reviews (64) 68.1
4 Star Reviews (5) 5.3
3 Star Reviews (4) 4.3
2 Star Reviews (9) 9.6
1 Star Reviews (12) 12.8

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Dishonest, despicable & Vile site

September 30, 2021 by Christopher from United States

I have been a participant on Prolific for well over 2 years now. They were a good site - lots of interesting surveys and always paid reasonably and fairly quickly. I never had anyone expressing any problems with my work and my surveys were always approved by the people giving them.

But since July 2021 I stopped receiving any survey invites and no surveys were showing up on the site itself. I checked my profile status and there appeared to be no problems so I followed the advice on their FAQ and didn't contact them until 2 months had passed with no surveys whatsoever. When I did contact Prolific, it took them over a week to answer me and then I was told this:
'I'm afraid you won't be able to take part in further studies on Prolific because your account has failed one or more of our automated checks, as well as our manual review. Unfortunately, I can't give you any further information about the specifics of these checks and won't be able to reverse the decision.'

Unbelievable treatment from this site after several years of diligent and honest work. I've done nothing wrong whatsoever and now I'm suddenly banned without any warning or even the decency to let me know what's happened? Truly a despicable and vile site. Like all survey sites, they will ban you as soon as you start doing well without any explanation. Oh yeah, and they'll slander you as well without providing any proof of wrongdoing. Avoid this site at all costs unless you like being ripped off and insulted.

Horrible support, find elsewhere.

August 17, 2021 by Frank from United States

Was a good site for the years I used it, then out of no where I could no longer take any studies on my internet service provider. Support told me they "can't be sure that the internet connection you're using isn't a VPN or public network which can be used to disguise users' locations bringing into question the accuracy of the data researchers receive." When I've been on the same internet provider for years and my IP has not changed. As someone who is tech literate, you can easily check if an IP is a VPN or not, so it seems like an excuse and wish they would just be honest! Horrible support, some of the worst I've seen.

Rigid unreasonable registration process

July 13, 2021 by June from Australia

This platform requires participants to go throw 3 ID verification steps. The last step is done through a third party who demands people to provide a copy of photo ID document and a selfie. I am seriously doubtful that sensitive ID documents are collected and stored by 3rd party. I don't use smart phone. I asked Prolific whether I could upload my driver's license and my selfie taken by my digital camera to them. And I did provide these when I raised a support ticket. Two agents came back with mechanic replies insisted me to follow the protocols. The first one suggested that I asked my friends to help me but my city Sydney is in social lockdown. No visitor is allowed and nobody is allowed to travel more than 10km away from where we live. My friends live far away. I explained the situation but only met with deadly unsympathetic replies.

As a compliance specialist, I had been working for MNCs for decades. I know what identification verification means in essence, spirits and in practicalities. Forcing people to ONLY use smartphones to upload something is never what legally fulfilled the requirements, let alone the sensitive information is collected by an unknown 3rd party. This step adds zero value to proof anything because Prolific already asked people to verify our email addresses and mobile numbers. The last step is dummy. Even they want to collect such information, I am totally not convinced why uploading something via smartphone is the "only" way. I provided them the documents through email but they stubbornly reject. This doesn't make any sense from a compliance perspective.

This platform actually deny those who don't use or who don't have smart phones to register. It is not a fair game.

Drivers license, passport and selfie

February 28, 2021 by Patricia from United States

What kind of survey company is this asking for me to send them a picture of my drivers license, passport and selfie to be on their panel. I gave them the usual info asked for by survey panels but to ask for this information is a no no and i would think would be illegal. I think you should warn people before they join this panel what to expect from them. Its bad enough they have my name, age and phone number. They do not sound legit to me. Did you know they ask for this very personal information to join their panel?

Stay away!

February 25, 2021 by Jon from United Kingdom

This is a site that started off well and now after a year the surveys are getting fewer, the monetary reward is getting less and now they want a security photo; drivers license or passport ID. I think that's a bit over the top for a 17 cents survey.