Systematic-style reviews answer a question by analysing and summarising all relevant literature. They are a valuable approach used in many disciplines.
These reviews have:
- transparent, reproducible and auditable methods
- a rigorous search designed to locate all eligible studies
- predetermined criteria for including and excluding studies.
There are several different types that all follow a similar process.
Good record keeping is essential. Accurate and complete records ensure your review is transparent, reproducible and auditable.
We recommend you set up a spreadsheet or table that lists:
- where you searched, and when
- keywords or phrases searched
- search filters used, for example, limiting by publication type or year
- number of results retrieved.
You will need to record the number of results from each database or source before removing duplicates and starting the screening process.
These numbers are usually reported in a PRISMA Flow Diagram.
PRISMA-S provide a checklist to ensure all aspects of your search are reported fully.
Defines minimum reporting standards for good quality reviews.
- Use the checklist to ensure you meet these requirements.
Systematic review accelerator
A suite of tools designed for health systematic reviews, useful for:
- perfecting search strategies
- screening support
- review management.
Systematic review toolbox
Search for tools to support systematic review tasks.
- find software, including automation tools
- access guidelines and standards.
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For help with research grant funding opportunities, ethical and IP matters.
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Griffith University Research Methods Advisors
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