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Systematic Reviews


A systematic review is designed to answer a focused health sciences related question in a systematic, reproducible matter. To achieve this goal, researchers should create a Protocol.  A protocol is a document designed to guide researchers through the complete systematic review process. Typically these documents serve as a guide for the research team throughout the life of the review. A publicly available protocol also registers a claim on your idea and helps eliminate duplicative research. Additionally, journals may require review protocols to be registered prior to manuscript submission. Check your target journal's Author Instructions page.

Systematic Review Protocols

For systematic reviews, creating a protocol is recommended by The PRISMA 2020 statement: An updated guideline for reporting systematic reviews (section 24a).

Protocol examples:

Scoping Review Protocols

Protocol examples:

Registration Sites

Systematic Reviews


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