How much time do I have to work on a study?

  • Researchers must specify the "Estimated Completion Time" for a study
    • How long a participant should approximately take to complete a study
  • Prolific also set a "Maximum Time" for each study when it is published, which is based on the Estimated Completion Time
    • The time-out feature is designed to give all participants plenty of time to complete a study successfully, whilst timing out those who become inactive.

This mechanism ensures that studies are completed in a reasonable time period. 

If you take too long to submit the study you are participating in, you will time out.

Your submission will be displayed as "timed out". Under normal circumstances, you will not be paid for "timed out" submissions.

If you believe the time permitted wasn't enough to accurately complete the study, please get in touch with our support team via the "Submit a request" form on the top right of this screen.


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