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Systematic reviews

Overview of systematic review steps and resources to assist researchers conducting reviews.

Reporting your results

It is important to keep good records of your final searches in each database so that your search process is transparent and reproducible. There are various ways of doing this. It is recommended that your search results are reported in a PRISMA flow diagram which is a graphical representation of the flow of citations reviewed in the course of a Systematic Review.

Writing the review

When writing up your systematic review, be mindful of the specific guidelines for structuring your review. Ensure that you follow any other instructions to authors provided by the journals or organisations where you plan to submit your work.

Systematic review standards

Systematic review standards are elements that should be reported in any published systematic review.

There are a number of reporting standards for systematic reviews. These can serve as guidelines for protocol and manuscript preparation, and journals may require that these standards are followed for systematic reviews.