Call for Papers

General Online Research 2024 (GOR 24,

When: 21 – 23 February 2024 

Where: Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln gGmbH, Cologne, Germany

You can download the Call for Papers for the GOR Thesis Award Competition here (Extended Deadline: 19 November 2023). 
You can download the Call for Workshops here (Extended Deadline: 11 December 2023).
You can download the Call for Papers for the GOR Best Practice Award Competition here (Extended Deadline: 11 December 2023). 
You can download the Call for Papers for the Track D Session “Innovation in Practice” here (Extended Deadline: 11 December 2023).
For information on poster submission, please see call below (point 5, Deadline: 18 December 2023)

Main topics: Online and Mobile Web Surveys, Data Science, Big Data, Smart Data, Political Research, Public Opinion, Political Online Communication, Online Market Research

GOR is organised by the German Society for Online Research (DGOF, since 1997. Each year more than 300 participants attend the conference to discuss current developments in online research and best practices for their work in industry and academia. With more than 100 presentations addressing various subtopics of online research, GOR provides intensive training and networking opportunities.

Partner and Co-Organizer: Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln – University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Christian Bosau

Conference Topics

This year’s conference seeks submissions in:

Survey Research: Advancements in Online and Mobile Web Surveys (Track A)
Data Science: From Big Data to Smart Data (Track B)
Politics, Public Opinion, and Communication (Track C)

The programme committee invites presenters from industry, academia, official statistics, government agencies, and other sectors to submit their work for presentation. Submissions will be accepted based on a double-blind peer review process.


Submission Types

  1. Survey Research: Advancements in Online and Mobile Web Surveys (Track A): We welcome presentations that advance the methodology of online and mobile web surveys. Topics include the whole range of online survey research, for example, online panel quality, mobile web surveys, survey design and survey gamification, data collection, the use of paradata, as well as all aspects of the total survey error framework (coverage, sampling, nonresponse, measurement, adjustment, weighting). Submissions come from diverse fields such as market research, sociology, political science, psychology, and computer sciences, and they make use of various quantitative and qualitative approaches, such as online experiments or content analysis. Contributions that show how online and mobile web surveys perform compared to classical approaches (face to face, telephone, paper) are especially welcome. 
  1. Data Science: From Big Data to Smart Data (Track B): We welcome submissions with a focus on the use of large and complex data sets in conjunction with traditional survey data collection methods or as stand-alone applications to answer research questions in the social sciences, market research, and related fields. Presentations will cover a broad range of topics related to data generation (e.g., data mining, web scraping, use of sensors and wearables, data donation, Internet of Things (IoT) and other digital trace sources), data curation and storage (e.g., database management, data munging, record linkage), data analysis (e.g., predictive analytics, computational social sciences, artificial intelligence, machine learning, content and sentiment analysis, geospatial analytics, image analytics), and data output and access (e.g., data visualisation, data confidentiality and statistical disclosure control, data security, ethics). Latest techniques and developments, innovative tools and developments in ResearchTech stack, theoretical approaches, case studies, applications, limitations, and discussions of best practices in different fields (e.g., social media and network analysis, mobile ethnography, behaviour tracking, analysis of online search data, business intelligence, administrative data) are all welcome.
  1. Politics, Public Opinion, and Communication (Track C): We welcome submissions that are at the intersection of research on politics, public opinion, and communication on the one hand and online research on the other. Topics relevant to this track include (but are not limited to) trends in public opinion and political attitudes, patterns of online news consumption, communication in election campaigns, implications of digital technology for politics and democracy, the role of social media and bots for political discourse, incivility and hate speech online, media effects on political attitudes and engagement, roots and consequences of misinformation and fake news, and methodological issues in using online data for political, public opinion, and communication research. Contributions that present new descriptive findings are as welcome as observational studies in general, experimental work, case studies, applications, or methodological innovations.
  1. Best Practice Presentations (including the GOR Best Practice Award 2024 competition): The call is open for best cases in which online research methods and/or data science techniques have been successfully applied in a market research context, whether solely or in combination with traditional methods. The submission should also showcase the excellent collaboration between the agency/market researcher and the client. Cases that include innovative data sources like social media, geotags tracking data, VR or big data are welcome, but it’s not limited to these. What is decisive is the impact the project has generated. There must be at least two authors/presenters, one from the agency and one from the client side. For internal projects it can be the project lead and business stakeholder. Please avoid being too promotional in your submission. Shortlisted presenting teams will receive 2 GOR tickets for the price of one.
  1. Posters (including the GOR Poster Award 2024 competition): Posters offer the opportunity to present late breaking research, highlight specific research findings, and discuss work in progress. Authors are expected to present their poster during a poster session. A poster may cover any of the topics of GOR. Posters will be on display for the entire duration of the conference. All submissions in this category are considered for the GOR Poster Award 2024.
  1. Thesis Presentations (including the GOR Thesis Award 2024 competition): Up to 3 bachelor/master/diploma theses and up to 3 doctoral theses will be selected to be presented at GOR in this category. The best ones will be awarded a prize in their respective categories: for the best doctoral thesis and for the best bachelor/master/diploma thesis. The conference fee is waived for all presenters in the Thesis Award competition. Accommodation and travel expenses need to be covered by the contestants. Theses must have been submitted in 2022 or 2023. The thesis language can be either English or German, but the presentation shall be in English. Submissions for the GOR Thesis Award 2024 competition should include the thesis as a PDF-file, an extended anonymized abstract (limited to 7000 characters (including spaces) in English), a cover letter in English written by the contestant with details on affiliation, degree programme, supervisors, graduation date, and mark received for the thesis together with an agreement to present the results at the GOR conference. A Thesis Award Jury will select presenters and winners.



  • Extended Deadline: 19 November 2023: Deadline for abstract submissions for Tracks A – C as well as the GOR Thesis Award 2024 competition
  • 30 November 2023: Deadline for abstract submissions for GOR Best Practice Award 2024 and the Track D Session “Innovation in Practice”
  • 18 December 2023: Deadline for submissions for Poster presentations (incl. GOR Poster Award 2024)
  • 3 January 2024: Deadline presenting author registration (usually the first author)
  • 14 January 2024: Deadline for early bird registration & for poster presenters registration (usually the first author)

Further Conference Deadlines can be found here.

Submission Format and Submission Procedure

The official conference language is English. Abstracts should be submitted online to one of the tracks via

The abstract can be up to 350 words. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed with respect to the quality of each of the four paragraphs in the abstract.

Template for abstract submission:

Relevance & Research Question: —your text here—

Methods & Data: —your text here—

Results: —your text here—

Added Value: —your text here—

Please use the above template for your abstract submission (one paragraph for each criterion and include the keywords at the beginning of each paragraph). Incomplete abstracts with respect to the formal criteria above are likely to be rejected. Please note that purely promotional presentations will not be considered. Submissions that do not focus on online research but, for example, merely use online data collection (e.g., through a web survey) to answer a substantive research question might also not be considered. If your research is still work in progress, and therefore final empirical results are not available by the time of submission, you will be asked to hand in your results later. In this case, please note in the comments field during submission at what date you will be able to update your abstract. Please note that we cannot accept presentations unless final results are available. Please consider a poster presentation for work in progress. Presentations last 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

Review Process

All abstracts are scored in a double-blind peer review by members of the GOR International Board of Reviewers according to the criteria mentioned in the submission format (clarity and quality of the four aspects: relevance & research question, methods & data, results, added value). Most submissions receive feedback and comments from 3 reviewers, together with the final decision of acceptance or rejection. The chances of acceptance are increased if all four criteria are addressed in the abstract. The programme committee is in charge of the final decisions based on the reviews. In case of multiple submissions by the same author(s) the programme committee reserves the right to limit the number of accepted submissions.

Contact Details

Conference website, abstract submission, workshops:


October 2023
Prof. Dr. Simon Kühne
(GOR 24 Programme Chair)
on behalf of the programme committee

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