What does it mean when I " Return" a submission or a study shows in my list of submissions with the status "Returned"?
Returning a study means deciding to leave the study early. This withdraws your participation in the study and means you will not be paid for this study. It will not affect your Prolific score or ability to participate in more studies in any way.
A submission will be Returned if you click "Cancel Reservation" before the study begins or "Stop without Completing" on Prolific during the study.
For example you might Return your study if you realise you do not have time to complete the study, or are using the wrong kind of device for the study. This frees up another place in the study and means that you can no longer complete the study.
Very occasionally if there has been a technical reason why you did not complete the study a submission will show as Returned in order to remove these submissions and not penalise you (the participant).
No action is required by you in these cases.