||Will your paper be used in a meta-analysis? Make the reach of your research broader and longer lasting
||Gerstner, K.; Moreno-Mateos, D.; Gurevitch, J.; Beckmann, M.
; Kambach, S.; Jones, H.P.; Seppelt, R.
|Journal / Serie
||Methods in Ecology and Evolution
||CLE; BZF; iDiv
||data reporting; meta-analysis; open science; quantitative review; reproducibility; research synthesis; transparency
||GLUES; ESCALATE; RU1
and evolutionary research increasingly uses quantitative synthesis of
primary research studies (meta-analysis) for answering fundamental
questions, informing environmental policy and summarizing results for
- Knowing how meta-analysis works is important
for researchers so that their research can have broader impact.
Meta-analytic thinking encourages scientists to see single primary
research studies as substantial contributions to a larger picture.
facilitate inclusion in a meta-analysis, relevant primary research
studies must be found and basic information about the methods and
results must be thoroughly, clearly and transparently reported. While
many published papers provide this information, it is common for
essential data to be omitted, leading to study exclusion from
- We provide guidelines for correctly reporting
basic data needed from primary studies in ecology and evolutionary
biology so that they can be included in meta-analyses, together with
examples that show how data should be reported to enable calculation and
analysis of effect sizes, and how data should be made accessible.
guidelines are important for reporting research results in general,
whether or not results are included in subsequent meta-analyses, because
they are necessary for the interpretation and assessment of study
outcomes. Increased implementation of these guidelines by authors,
editors and publishers, and reinforcement by funders, will foster higher
quality and more inclusive syntheses, further the goals of transparency
and reproducibility in science, and improve the quality and value of
primary research studies.
|Gerstner, K., Moreno-Mateos, D., Gurevitch, J., Beckmann, M., Kambach, S., Jones, H.P., Seppelt, R. (2017):
Will your paper be used in a meta-analysis? Make the reach of your research broader and longer lasting
Methods Ecol. Evol. 8 (6), 777 - 784