Background: The Campbell Collaboration is committed to the preparation and dissemination of high-quality systematic reviews (SRs) of research evidence on the effectiveness of social programmes, policies, and practices. The Campbell Library has become a widely accepted evidence-based database for decision making.
Objectives: To assess the current level of collaboration on Campbell activities in China and identify Campbell SRs conducted by Chinese authors.
Methods: We searched CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure) with the term 'Campbell' to find studies about Campbell. Meanwhile, two independent members fully reviewed the SRs in the Campbell Library to screen Campbell SRs authored/ co-authored by researchers from its inception to January, 2017. Disagreements were solved by discussion. We abstracted the data, including type of study, publication year, institution, theme, etc. using a predesigned form in Office Excel 2013.
Results: We found fourteen Chinese papers about Campbell Collaboration or SRs published between 2002 to 2016. Among these studies, eight were reviews, four were reports on Campbell Conference, one was about how to conduct a Campbell SR and one was a translation about Campbell groups. The first authors were mainly from Chinese Cochrane Centre (8 of 15) and Chinese GRADE Centre (4 of 15), and most of these papers were published on the Chin J Evid-Based Med (10 of 15). For Campbell SRs, we found no SRs with authors from China.
Conclusions: Campbell Collaboration has been introduced into China, but the awareness and involvement in specific work among Chinese researchers is poor. We need to contribute to the dissemination and utilisation of Campbell SRs in the China.