Central Archive for Empirical Social Research


Navigation is free as well as retrieval of rich metadata, abstracts and codebooks, then fees are applied according to users, nature, quantity and modalities of requested material.

Fee Policy

Many records are entirely free of charge at abstract/description level. Where not available for free, order and download facilities exist for several GESIS services. Charges and fees are applied for different types of users for ordering/purchasing of various documentation

Free Retrieved Material

Usually abstracts and codebooks can be retrieved online for free, while complete studies with reports, data and documentation must be ordered and purchased

Linking Richness

Excellent linking richness also including a gateway service of GESIS for social science on the internet. Access to the information is possible by countries and subjects. Information on the source language and a self-description are also available. ZA related sites are also linked