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Welcome to the JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis

JBI is an international evidence-based healthcare research organisation that works with 70+ Universities and Hospitals (known as the JBI Collaboration) around the world. The organisation focuses on improving health outcomes globally by producing and disseminating research evidence, software, training, resources and publications relating to evidence-based healthcare. Learn about the JBI approach to evidence-based healthcare.

We collaborate internationally with over 70 Collaborating Entities who subscribe to our definition of what constitutes evidence and our methodologies and methods in relation to evidence synthesis. JBI and its Collaborating Entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and implementation of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally.

Our major role is the translation of research evidence into practice. One of our strengths is in the conduct of systematic reviews that reflect a broad, inclusive approach to evidence and accommodate a range of diverse questions and study designs.

The JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis is designed to provide authors with a comprehensive guide to conducting JBI systematic reviews. It describes in detail the process of planning, undertaking and writing up a systematic review using JBI methods. The JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis should be used in conjunction with the support and tutorials offered at the JBI SUMARI Knowledge Base.

We highly value the contribution of reviewers to the international body of literature used to inform clinical decision-making at the point of care. It is important that this work continues and is distributed in a variety of formats to both those working in and using health systems across the world. We hope that this work will contribute to improved global health outcomes.

How to cite

Aromataris E, Munn Z (Editors). JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis. JBI, 2020. Available from

ISBN: 978-0-6488488-0-6