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Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution$
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Julia Koricheva, Jessica Gurevitch, and Kerrie Mengersen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691137285

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691137285.001.0001

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Quality Standards for Research Syntheses

Quality Standards for Research Syntheses

(p.323) 20 Quality Standards for Research Syntheses
Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution

Hannah R. Rothstein

Christopher J. Lortie

Gavin B. Stewart

Julia Koricheva

Jessica Gurevitch

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents guidelines to address the following questions: What makes a quantitative research synthesis good or flawed? How can authors improve the quality of their review at various stages in the process of planning and carrying out a research synthesis? What criteria can editors and reviewers use to assess whether a quantitative synthesis should be accepted for publication, revised, or rejected? How can readers of published syntheses determine how to evaluate the quality of what they are reading, and in doing so decide whether or not to trust its results and their interpretation? The guidelines are outlined in the order of the stages involved in conducting a synthesis. In addition to reviewing the questions that should be asked at each stage of the synthesis, the chapter also describes ways in which poor choices at each stage can compromise the integrity of the review; it also provides examples of good and poor practice.

Keywords:   quantitative research synthesis, meta-analysis, research practice, systematic review

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