The meta‐analytic big bang

  title={The meta‐analytic big bang},
  author={William R. Shadish and Jesse D. Lecy},
  journal={Research Synthesis Methods},
  pages={246 - 264}
This article looks at the impact of meta-analysis and then explores why meta-analysis was developed at the time and by the scholars it did in the social sciences in the 1970s. [] Key Method Using a constrained snowball sample of citations, we highlight key articles that are either most highly cited or most central to the systematic review network. Then, the article examines why meta-analysis came to be in the 1970s in the social sciences through the work of Gene Glass, Robert Rosenthal, and Frank Schmidt…

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Some reflections on combining meta‐analysis and structural equation modeling

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  • Business
    Research synthesis methods
  • 2019
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Macro‐level diffusion of a methodological knowledge innovation: Research synthesis methods, 1972–2011

  • Laura Sheble
  • Political Science
    J. Assoc. Inf. Sci. Technol.
  • 2017
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