The text below is taken from the GRADE workinggroup official JCE series, article number 5:
GRADE guidelines: 5. Rating the quality of evidence—publication bias
Publication bias vs. selective reporting bias
In some classification systems, reporting bias has two subcategories: selective outcome reporting, with which we have dealt in the previous article in the series, and publication bias. However, all the sources of bias that we have considered under study limitations, including selective outcome reporting, can be addressed in single studies. In contrast, when an entire study remains unreported and reporting is related to the size of the effect—publication bias—one can assess the likelihood of publication bias only by looking at a group of studies , , , , , . Currently, we follow the Cochrane approach and consider selective reporting bias as an issue in risk of bias (study limitations). This issue is currently under review by the Cochrane Collaboration, and both Cochrane and GRADE may revise this in future.
Using study results to estimate the likelihood of publication bias
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