External Study Credit Granting with JISC Online Surveys

While these instructions refer to “credit granting”, they work for both credit and paid studies. For paid studies, participation will be marked (instead of credit granted) just like with any other paid study.


The integration instructions below apply to V2 of JISC Online Surveys. The new V3 version does not currently have the features necessary to support our credit granting integration. We recommend you contact JISC to ask them to restore this functionality in V3.

Here are the basic steps for V2 of JISC Online Surveys, the most recent version capable of integration support:

  1. On your Sona Systems site, change the Study URL so it includes ?x2=%SURVEY_CODE%&xx in the URL. So if the JISC Online Survey URL is:
    then change it to
  2. Having completed Step 1, the Study Information on your Sona Systems site now displays a URL labeled “JISC Crediting Code”. On JISC, somewhere near the top, perhaps after the consent section, create a single line free text question. Enter anything you like for the Question text. While you are editing it, click on the advanced options and at the bottom fill in as below. Set the name as SONA_TOKEN (all upper case), and the pre-population parameter as x2, and Always Hide Question:
  3. Save and then grab completion link – this is the JISC Crediting Code in Sona. On the Final Page of your JISC survey add a Note, then click on the Source button (this is important) and paste the code. Then go back to the regular view and add text to remind participants to click the link to receive credit.