Prolific's participant pool – the present and the future

Last week, we have shared some insights about the people behind Prolific, namely our Co-founder Katia. But Prolific is more than the team – online research would not be possible without our participants! Questions about our participant pool come up quite frequently. Our Data Analyst Jim Lumsden provides answers to the…

Curious at Prolific: A look behind the scenes of a fast-growing startup

In spring this year, Prolific turned 4 – time to pause and look back on how it all started. But Co-founder Katia also gives us a glimpse into Prolific's future. In one sentence, what does Prolific do? Katia: Prolific helps researchers of all kinds (for example, academics, data scientists, market researchers)…

How to do great research?

Join us on our mission towards trustworthy data It's becoming more difficult than ever to disentangle fact from fiction. Biases and motivated reasoning often lead us astray, preventing us from making informed and balanced decisions. This is why we at Prolific, as researchers ourselves, think that it's important to collect…

Bots and data quality on crowdsourcing platforms

Recently, researchers using Amazon Mechanical Turk to collect data for their studies found large numbers of bot-like responses in their data from workers with very similar geoIP co-ordinates. You can read more about this here, and in many other forums and mailing lists. Some have reported that the "bots" may…