The core definition of a Meta-study is “an analysis conducted across prior analyses or ‘studies’ that constitute ‘cases’ of a common phenomenon” (Magliocca et al., 2014).
For more information about meta-studies in land change science, Magliocca et al. (2014) describe a wide range of research synthesis methods, including meta-study, meta-analysis, and others.
Magliocca, N., T. Rudel, P. Verburg, W. McConnell, O. Mertz, K. Gerstner, A. Heinimann, and E. Ellis. 2014. Synthesis in land change science: methodological patterns, challenges, and guidelines. Regional Environmental Change in press. [download]