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Table 4 Study validity assessment criteria

From: How have carbon stocks in central and southern Africa’s miombo woodlands changed over the last 50 years? A systematic map of the evidence

  Yes Unclear No
1 0.5 0
Assessment criteria
 1. Does the study compare relevant subject, exposures, comparators and outcomes of interest? Yes or no only. If no, exclude
 2. Is the duration of the study adequate for the outcomes obtained?    
 3. Is the sample size clearly explained and adequate for the study?    
 4. Are the data collection methods clearly explained and replicable?    
 5. Is the qualitative or quantitative analysis clearly explained and replicable?    
 6. Are the results and conclusions logical and derived from the data obtained?    
 7. Are confounding factors explained?    
Contextual social information
 8. Is the historical context of the study presented?    
 9. Is the ecological context of the study presented?    
 10. Is the political context of the study presented?    
Site and population information    
 11. Is information provided on the study site’s soil?    
 12. Is information provided on the study site’s climate?    
 13. Is seasonality taken into account?    
 14. Is vegetation documented?