Guidelines for Reporting Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses

Maria Rubio-Aparicio, Julio Sánchez-Meca*, Fulgencio Marín-Martínez, Jose A Lopez-Lopez

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Meta-analysis is an essential methodology that allows researchers to synthesize the scientific evidence available on a given research question. Due to its wide applicability in most applied research fields, it is really important that meta-analyses be written and reported appropriately. In this paper we propose some guidelines to report the results of a meta-analysis in a scientific journal as Annals of Psychology. Concretely, the structure for reporting a meta-analysis following its different stages is detailed. In addition, some recommendations related to the usual tasks when conducting a meta-analysis are provided. A recent meta-analysis focused on the psychological field is used to illustrate the guidelines proposed. Finally, some concluding remarks are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-420
Number of pages9
JournalAnales de Psicologia
Issue number2
Early online date2 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • Effect size
  • Meta-analysis
  • Research quality
  • Research synthesis


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