Designed to provide researchers clear and informative insight into techniques of meta-analysis, the Third Edition of Methods of Meta-Analysis: Correcting Error and Bias in Research Findings is the most comprehensive text on meta-analysis available today. It is the only book that presents a full and usable treatment of the role of study artifacts in distorting study results, as well as methods for correcting results for such biases and errors.

Availability Bias, Source Bias, and Publication Bias in Meta-Analysis

Questions and issues related to meta-analysis that are technical in nature were discussed in Chapter 5 for meta-analyses of correlations, in Chapter 8 for meta-analyses of d values, and in Chapter 9 for general meta-analysis issues. This chapter explores the general issue of availability bias in meta-analysis. One of the most frequent criticisms leveled against meta-analysis is the argument that the studies available for analysis will typically be a biased sample of all existing studies. This is often referred to as publication bias, defined as existing when published studies are a biased sample of all existing studies. However, publication bias is not necessarily the only source of bias. Even among unpublished studies, those that are ...

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