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Data of Starting Cohort First-Year Students (SC5)

Version 9.0.0

The data from the Starting Cohort First-Year Students (current version: 9.0.0) is available, free of charge, to individuals with a valid NEPS data usage contract via three modes of access – download, RemoteNEPS and on-site. Further information regarding the sourcing of data as well as contract forms can be found on the data access site.

After successfully logging in with your nu-number and password, you will be able to open the current data version from the Starting Cohort First-Year Students via download here:

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Researchers working with the data from the National Educational Panel Study are obligated to mention their use of the data within their publication, including the data version (DOI), by using the following reference:

This paper uses data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort First-Year Students, doi:10.5157/NEPS:SC5:9.0.0. From 2008 to 2013, NEPS data was collected as part of the Framework Program for the Promotion of Empirical Educational Research funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As of 2014, NEPS is carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) at the University of Bamberg in cooperation with a nationwide network.

In addition, all publications based on NEPS data are required to cite the following reference:

Blossfeld, H.-P., Roßbach, H.-G, & von Maurice, J. (Eds.) (2011). Education as a Lifelong Process – The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). [Special Issue] Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft: 14. (Full text)

According to the NEPS data usage contract (§9), an immediate, unsolicited notification regarding every type of publication based on NEPS data is required to be sent to LIfBi via e-mail at In coherence with this notification, either an electronic version of the publication or a special print or copy of the publication after the release is to be provided.

Data Versions

Every time a new version is issued, the data from the NEPS starting cohorts or additional studies is extended and updated. All data versions are clearly labeled with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The version number of a data publication found in the DOI provides information about the amount of waves integrated, survey timeframes and the amount of larger and smaller updates.

It is recommended to use the most current data version. Outdated data versions are archived and available on the respective landing page along with the corresponding document material.
Data Version DOI
(Link to the landing page)
SC5:9.0.0 (current) doi:10.5157/NEPS:SC5:9.0.0 2017-06-23
SC5:8.0.0 doi:10.5157/NEPS:SC5:8.0.0 2016-12-23
SC5:6.0.0 doi:10.5157/NEPS:SC5:6.0.0 2016-03-31
SC5:4.0.0 doi:10.5157/NEPS:SC5:4.0.0 2014-09-30
SC5:3.1.0 doi:10.5157/NEPS:SC5:3.1.0 2014-05-16
SC5:3.0.0 doi:10.5157/NEPS:SC5:3.0.0 2013-07-05

Starting Cohort First-Year Students


Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft (ZfE), Special Issue 14, 2011: "Education as a Lifelong Process - The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)".
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