Meta-Essentials: Workbooks for meta-analysis

Meta-Essentials is a free tool for meta-analysis. It facilitates the integration and synthesis of effect sizes from different studies. The tool consists of a set of workbooks designed for Microsoft Excel that, based on your input, automatically produces all the required statistics, tables, figures, and more. The workbooks can be downloaded from here. We also provide a user manual to guide you in using the tool (PDF / online) and a text on how to interpret the results of meta-analyses (PDF / online). 

Meta-Essentials has evolved into a tool that can be used for both research and teaching purposes. Especially for relatively straightforward meta-analyses (excluding for instance meta-regressions and meta-sem), Meta-Essentials is a very easy and intuitive tool to use. 

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We designed Meta-Essentials for Microsoft Excel. However, Meta-Essentials also works with the freely available WPS Office 2016 Free and Microsoft Excel Online (free registration required). We are currently working on a version for LibreOffice.

License and Use

The workbooks and the user manual are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you use this tool for any type of publication, please cite it as follows:

Van Rhee, H.J., Suurmond, R., & Hak, T. (2015). User manual for Meta-Essentials: Workbooks for meta-analysis (Version 1.0) Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from