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Editors and Hints for Authors of the SOEPpapers

The SOEPpapers are the chief platform for publishing research results based on SOEP data. As SOEP is a multidisciplinary panel, the SOEPpapers publishes work from all social scientific disciplines.

SOEPpapers are published on a non-exclusive basis, thereby allowing authors to publish their articles elsewhere if they wish. SOEP encourages that all papers appear in other professional, institutional, and locally oriented publications as well.

All researchers who work with SOEP data directly or as part of another data set are invited to submit their work to this series and to thereby present it to a broad audience for discussion.

Hints for the Authors

The process of accepting submissions to SOEPpapers is straightforward. If a paper has already appeared in another discussion paper series with a quality control process (e.g. IZA, NBER, LIS, WZB or in an academic series like that of the University of Zurich), it will be accepted automatically as a SOEPpaper. Reformatting the text is not necessary.

Otherwise, the submission will be evaluated by a member of the editorial team. If an evaluation is necessary, it will always result in a yes/no decision. There are no referee reports.

There are no special requirements in terms of formating. Please keep in mind that people should be able to read the paper easily, even the tables.

Before sending us a paper, we strongly recommend that you check it carefully for errors. We do not update or replace the online versions of our papers.

Please send your paper in word or pdf format to

We would be very grateful, if you could refer in your paper to one of the following articles explaining the SOEP and/or to the PanelWhiz article. Your citation will not only make it easier for others to start using SOEP and/or PanelWhiz; it can and should also serve to honor and “reward” the SOEP/PanelWhiz authors (for more information see: SOEPnewsletter 86/2009 (PDF, 1.52 MB)):

Goebel, Jan, Markus M. Grabka, Stefan Liebig, Martin Kroh, David Richter, Carsten Schröder, and Jürgen Schupp. 2019. The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Journal of Economics and Statistics 239, no. 2, 345-360, doi

and for PanelWhiz:

John P. Haisken-DeNew and Markus H. Hahn. 2010. PanelWhiz: Efficient Data Extraction of Complex Panel Data Sets – An Example Using the German SOEP. Schmollers Jahrbuch 130, no. 4, 643-654.

Because precise references to data sources are becoming increasingly important in the scientific research community, the SOEP group recommends citing the SOEP data.

To ensure a correct reference to the SOEP data used in each case, you will find the citation method on the website for the individual editions (in the dataset information section).

All editions can be found on our RDC SOEP pages.

Contact and Information


Janina Britzke: Managing SOEPpapers and SOEP Survey Papers