Sona Systems : Cloud-based Subject Pool Software for Universities

Cloud-based Participant Management Software

Helping more than 1,000 universities across the globe integrate their research administration processes online.


Spend less time managing paper, and more time doing research with subject pool software.

Sona Systems eliminates the need for traditional paper methods by integrating every function of the research administration process online.




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Set Up Studies


Our software provides a seamless user-experience, allowing researchers to schedule studies and begin recruiting participants quickly and effectively.
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Prescreen Participants


Our prescreen function gives administrators the capability of setting up questionnaires to ensure only qualified participants can view and sign up for studies.
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Generate Reports


Sona Systems generates an array of reports, which allow administrators to track credits earned by participants and monitor overall system usage.
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Manage Schedules


The platform enables researchers to view who has signed up for their study and grant credit or track a participant’s activity.
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Create Surveys


Sona Systems’ built-in online survey function allows researchers to set up studies and collect data from participants anytime, anywhere.
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Third-Party Integration


We make it easy for researchers to integrate their studies with popular survey tools, while tracking participation and managing eligibility.
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The Global Leader in University Research Software

Trusted by top universities around the world for more than a decade.


Total Customers Served

1,000+

Total Users Registered

7,235,837

Total Sign-Ups Processed

21,233,375

Total Studies Managed

275,003




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Testimonials

  • “Imagine nearly 8000 student sessions, hundreds of experiments, dozens of researchers, and you sitting in the middle of a sea of paper, complaints, missed sessions, confused students, frustrated experimenters and educators, and many millions of dollars in research grants on the line for a department with a #1 nationally ranked program.


    Now imagine, in the span of 1 quarter, removing almost all paper and providing 24/7 access, increasing participation, greatly reducing staff time and errors, providing realtime feed-back and reporting to all concerned parties, and sailing through Human Subject approval with a turn-key system. Furthermore, imagine no server management costs, and no technical staff time needed beyond walking staff through initial setup, and you have our experience with Sona-Systems.”

    Jon Hauser, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
  • "I feel privileged to write this testimonial because I am highly impressed with the Sona system and the amazing support that is offered. I was introduced to the Sona system as a user primarily and simply loved its various features which helped me in managing my research. Now, as the administrator of the Sona system for JCU Singapore, I even adore it more because whenever I face challenges, the prompt technical support helps me to get the things done right on time and makes my life easier. I truly endorse the SONA system and would highly recommend it to other universities/institutions for efficient management of their research programs. It’s a paperless online system which also helps in going green, reducing paper waste and saving our planet."

    Manisha Agarwal, Research Coordinator, James Cook University (Singapore campus)
  • “Our UNM faculty and students have found the system both easy to use and extremely convenient. It has replaced an antiquated paper-based signup system, eliminated "lost" paper-signups, improved student security, and has dramatically improved the speed for getting credit to students after their participation. Our students are also more likely to participate in research studies than defer to alternatives (for example, writing reports on published research)."

    John Dencoff, Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico

    “We just wanted to thank you for all your help and support during our first year. The pool would have collapsed without your software, partly because it was our first attempt at running a pool but mainly because of our very large student numbers, which would have led to impossible administration problems. Your system works extremely efficiently and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to other Psychology departments.”

    Jane Humphreys, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of the West of England
  • "After switching to the Experiment Management System from Sona we experienced the usual growing pains of switching to a new system. Most of the issues could be solved by referencing the excellently written documentation that is provided and for the occasional questions an email to the support team. Every email I have sent to the support team was answered incredibly quickly a with a smile. Sona Systems has by far the best support team I have ever seen. Keep up the amazing work, and excellent product."

    Jason Lorenz, University of Alberta School of Business

    “The software has been a wonderful asset for the department! Not only has it made my job 2-3 times easier and more efficient, but it also makes the students' job the same, thereby increasing the number of them who finish their research requirements successfully.”

    Eric Wruck, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • “Sona Systems provides an online experiment management system that is user-friendly and compliant with human subjects' regulations. What really sets Sona Systems apart from other companies, though, is their interest in constantly improving the system and incorporating customer feedback into upgrades.”

    Dr. Kristine Jacquin, Department of Psychology, Mississippi State University

    “Your system is awesome. I'm very impressed with your courtesy and customer service. Your prompt and professional replies to email is outstanding. Everyone in our department: instructors, students, experimenters, and me as subject pool coordinator LOVE the system. The frequent updates and flexibility make your system really stand out.”

    Christine Belz, Univ of Nevada, Reno, Dept of Psychology
  • “I'm impressed with your software. You've certainly covered a lot of bases (most of which I would never have anticipated) with the system preferences and features.”

    Dr. Mark Vincent, Augustana College, Psychology Dept.

    “In all my 25 years of running studies, I have never had 100% of those who signed up for my study actually show up -- until we started using Sona Systems software.”

    Robert Kunzendorf, Ph. D, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Managing experiment sign ups for two to three thousand students a term is one of the easier parts of my daily grind thanks to the quality work you guys do.”

    Stephen Blass, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University
  • “My colleagues were very pleased with how the system operated in our first semester. It improved management of research enormously. It also allows us to collect data systematically on how much research we are doing for the first time. Thanks!”

    Kenneth Kallio, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo

    The software has made the staff here very happy. Sona Systems software is some solid coding and their support is of a rare caliber.”

    Lawrence Sweet, Experimental Social Science Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
  • “Sona Systems software has been a tremendous asset to the department and is incredibly user friendly. Customer service is unsurpassed!”

    Kandy Stahl, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University

    “The entire department is VERY pleased with the Sona Experiment Management System and how it makes our work so much more efficient.”

    Lonnie Yandell, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, Belmont University

    “The system seems to be working really well, and clearly improving the throughput of participants. Remarkably hassle-free, given the numbers involved.”

    Peter Hancock, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, University of Stirling (UK)
  • “We have found the Sona system to be extremely well designed and entirely suited to our needs. It has transformed the way in which we administer participation credit and has been of distinct benefit to staff and students alike. As many others have noted, the customer service is superb."

    Dr. Mike Page, School of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire (UK)

    "This system has been an exponential improvement over our old paper-based system and saved us countless hours of work."

    Jeremy Shelton, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Lamar University

    “I tell all my colleagues at other institutions not only about the software, but about the extraordinary customer support. How you all manage that level and speed of support is amazing!”

    Shane Pitts, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Birmingham-Southern College
  • “I've been continually impressed with your responsiveness to your customers combined with the elegance of your solutions.”

    Dr. Michael Erickson, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

    "SONA really is a 'golden' system. We use it to manage our participant pool and we can't imagine using anything else. It is easy to use, incredibly versatile, and affordable which is important in this sort of economy. We love the system."

    Michael Bernstein, Ph.D., Administrator, Psychological and Social Sciences Program, Penn State Abington

    "Our experience with Sona has been very positive. The system is reliable and it allows us to manage an important business process with relative ease. The staff at SONA Systems communicate proactively when there are changes to the software and they respond to input from their customers."

    Chris Gale, Administrator, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
  • “This is an incredible system and the support is simply brilliant! The number of students failing to complete required hours is a mere fraction of what it used to be.”

    Matt Crawford, Ph.D., Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (UK)

    "The software was has so many configurable features, it met our unique needs perfectly.Sona Systems staff is always extremely responsive and helpful whenever we have questions. Sona Systems is continually adding new features to improve the software, many based on our requests."

    Jeffrey Loewenstein, Ph.D., Behavioral Research Lab, Columbia Business School
  • "Our site runs on Sona Systems servers, and it has always been fast and reliable. More importantly, we don’t have to involve our own IT staff in the operations of the software, which is a big advantage for us."

    John W. Philbeck, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, George Washington University

    "One of the best things about the system is your staff - they are incredibly responsive and I never have to wait long for help. This is really essential - usually when I send queries to you, it's because I have received a query myself from a confused participant or researcher. I can always rely on your staff to respond to my questions within hours, so it's really very helpful to be able to get back to people so quickly."

    Diane Sivasubramaniam, Ph.D., Department of Psycholgical Sciences and Statistics, Swinburne University of Technology (AUSTRALIA)

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