Research Synthesis 2019 (incl. Pre-Conference Symposium: Big Data in Psychology)

May 27, 2019 – May 31, 2019

organized by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) at the
Center for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS), Dubrovnik, Croatia

Associated special issue, to appear 2020 in the Zeitschrift für Psychologie: Hotspots in Psychology 2020


Pre-Conference Symposium: Big Data in Psychology, taking place May 27-28, 2019:


Registration is now open.
Register here.


Aims and Scope of the Conference

Research synthesis techniques such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses have become standard methods for aggregating the results from thematically related research in psychology. They can be used to describe the state of the art in a research field, to test and/or compare theories, and to derive conclusions about the effectiveness of interventions.

Ideally, research syntheses use transparent procedures to find, evaluate, and aggregate the results of relevant research. Procedures are explicitly defined in advance to ensure that all steps are transparent and replicable. This practice is designed to minimize bias and increase the trustworthiness of findings. Consequently, well-performed research syntheses may decisively contribute to shaping and/or resolving hotspot debates in psychology and beyond. The overall aim of this conference is to address hotspot topics in all subfields of psychology and related areas with the aid of research synthesis methods. The topics covered may address:

  • Systematic reviews aimed at identifying hotspot topics in psychology.

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses on topics currently being debated in any subfield of psychology.

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses contributing to the recent discussion about replicability, transparency, and research integrity in psychology.

  • Meta-analytic replications and extensions of previously published syntheses, for example, by applying more recent approaches and/or by including more recent primary studies.

  • Methodological advances in research synthesis methods relevant for any subfield of psychology, such as, for instance, meta-analytic structural equation modeling (MASEM), individual person meta-analysis (IPD), network meta-analysis, to name a few.

  • Demonstrations and tools to assist in data extraction for meta-analysis.

  • Demonstrations and tools facilitating community-augmented meta-analysis.

  • Quality-appraisal systems for primary, secondary, and meta-analytic studies.

Invited Keynote Speakers

  • Christina Bergmann, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
    "Dynamically aggregating evidence in community-augmented meta-analyses"

  • Larry Hedges, Northwestern University
    “Meta-analytic perspectives when studying replication”

  • Terri Pigott, Loyola University Chicago
    “Power analysis in meta-analysis"

  • Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Maastricht University
    “The R package metafor: Past, present and future"



Conference timeline

Special issue timeline
(Call for papers)

Dec 1, 2018

Structured abstracts due

Dec 31, 2018

Registration opens
Invitations to present due

Invitation to submit a full paper due

Jan 31, 2019

Registration of presenting authors due


Apr 30, 2019

Submission of conference presentations due (via e-mail to

Full paper submission due

May 15, 2019

Registration closes

May 27-31, 2019

Research Synthesis 2019 Conference in Dubrovnik
incl. Big Data in Psychology Pre-Conference Symposium

Jul 15, 2019

Feedback to authors of full papers due

Aug 15, 2019

Revised manuscripts due

Aug 31, 2019

Editorial decision about acceptance or refusal of revised papers due


Publication of special issue

Registration fees:

Early Bird (Dec 31, 2018, until March 15, 2019):
EUR 250.- for participants (without a presentation), EUR 150.- for presenters

Regular (March 16, 2019, until April 15, 2019):
EUR 300.- for participants (without a presentation), EUR 200.- for presenters

Late (from April 16, 2019):
EUR 350.- for participants (without a presentation), EUR 250.- for presenters

If you wish to participate in the Big Data in Psychology Pre-Conference Symposium (free of charge for participants of the main conference), please make sure to check the respective box in the online registration form.

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