Hints for 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.

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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. If you like, you may use our Word style sheet (DOT, 42.5 KB).

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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, doihttps://doi.org/10.1515/jbnst-2018-0022.

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.

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Citation of the SOEP data

Because precise references to data sources are becoming increasingly important in the scientific research community, the SOEP group recommends citing the SOEP data as follows, e.g., for version 32:

Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), data for years 1984-2017, version 34, SOEP, 2019,
doi: 10.5684/soep.v34.

Sozio-oekonomisches Panel (SOEP), Daten für die Jahre 1984-2017, Version 34, SOEP, 2019, doi:10.5684/soep.v34.

Short Version:
SOEP v34.

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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

In the near future, we plan to offer comprehensive searches by theme, author, and period of publication. Please provide the following information about your work to enable these searches, giving between one and three keywords from the following list (only the bold items):

  • demography and population
    (birth date / age / year of death, sex, household size and structure, birth history...)
  • work and employment
    (wages / salary, employment and career history, employment status, characteristics of job with current employer, working hours, occupational mobility, side job, career plans and expectations, ...)
  • income, taxes, and social security
    (income, transfers, pensions, assets, consumption and savings, ...)
  • family and social networks
    (marital status and family events/history, socialization and relationships, friends, transfers and support, parenting, ...)
  • health and care
    (health situation, health care, health behavior, health insurance, ...)
  • home, amenities, and contributions of private households
    (home ownership status, quality and type of dwelling, housing costs, moving, neighborhood surroundings and residential environment, household amenities, contributions and expenditures of private households, ...)
  • education and qualification
    (educational participation, attained qualification, child care and school, further training, intergenerational mobility, cognitive competency...)
  • attitudes, values, and personality
    (political orientations, values, personality, life satisfaction, memberships...)
  • time use and environmental behavior
    (time use, leisure time, mobility, energy use)
  • integration, migration, and transnationalization
  • survey methodology
    (sampling design and random groups, field information, influx / outflux of panel members, interview, weighting and imputation, interviewer questionnaire, ...)
  • miscellaneous
  • international comparison

SOEPpapers will also be available via the online economic publication archives RePEc, SSRN, and EconStor. Adding keywords and/or JEL codes to your paper will make it easier to find it in this database as well.

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