Introducing our series: research synthesis and meta-research in biology

Shinichi Nakagawa*, Julia Koricheva, Malcolm Macleod, Wolfgang Viechtbauer

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Research synthesis is the process of bringing together findings and attributes from different publications, for example, to give a more complete description of phenomena than is usually possible in a single work. We bring the Research Synthesis Series to BMC Biology to promote meta-analyses, other research syntheses including meta-research studies, and research synthesis methodologies in biology, facilitating their dissemination to broader communities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Number of pages3
JournalBmc Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2020


  • Evidence synthesis
  • Influence synthesis
  • Literature synthesis
  • Meta-synthesis
  • Systematic reviews

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