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Systematic and Systematic-like Reviews

Before you start ...

Before you start the review process, take some time to: 

Standards for reporting

Depending on the organisation for which you are conducting your review, or the journal in you wish to publish, you might need to adhere to specific guidelines and standards.

  • PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) - a commonly-used minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The website includes the PRISMA statement, a 27-item checklist and a range of flow diagrams, as well as PRISMA extensions such as the PRISMA-P for protocols and PRISMA-S for searching.
  • Equator Network (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) - this international initiative aims to improve the reliability of published health literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and the wider use of robust reporting guidelines.  

Guidelines and Standards by Discipline

Healthcare, clinical medicine, health services
Education and Social Science
Environmental science
Software engineering

You could also search for exemplars of systematic reviews that have been published in well-regarded journals in a field of research similar to your own. Many databases have search limiters/filters for systematic reviews

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