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Sending Invitations

Once a week SONA sends out a personalised email to all participants with a list of studies for which they could sign up (feature activated on 28/June 2019). This list is randomised in order. Participants may opt out to receive these emails according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

It is not necessary for you to send out study invitations! In addition, there is the possibility to send an invitation email for your own study. This should be an absolute exception!

A description of how to proceed in this exceptional case follows. A study-specific email is not being sent as a private person but on behalf of a research project and as part of SONA in general. This means that a number of formal criteria must be met (such as salutation, adequate information, link to the study, your title, name, contact information - see an example below).

  • Select Restrictions
  • Select Invite Qualified Participants
  • Add %FIRST_NAME% , the other names will appear automatically
  • Add important information about the study
  • IMPORTANT: insert the link to the study (under the text field), so that the participants could go to the study directly
  • Select Preview Messages
  • Select Proceed

When you send emails to potential participants, please provide full contact information including your department or project, address etc. For example:

First and last name
University of Potsdam
Psycholinguistics / H.  XX / R. X.XX
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Phone: 0331 977 XXX
Fax: 0331 977 XXXX
E-Mail: name@uni-potsdam.de