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A Guide to Conducting Systematic Reviews: Methodology and Documentation

Guidelines and Resources for Reviews in Health and Medicine

Guidelines and Resources for Reviews in the Social Sciences

Methods for Systematic Reviews of Public Health Interventions

Guidelines and Resources for Reviews in Other Disiciplines

The Collaboration for Environmental Evidence: The Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) is an open community of scientists and managers working towards a sustainable global environment and the conservation of biodiversity.To download the CEE Systematic Reviews guidelines, click here.

Evidence-based Software Engineering: Some effort has been made to provide guidance for systematic reviews in software engineering. This site provides guidelines and other resources for this field.

Reporting Standards

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.

PRISMA Checklist (PDF):  Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. There are a number of extensions of the original PRISMA standards including PRISMA-P (an updated version of PRISMA) and PRISMA-IPD (for systematic reviews and meta-analyses of individual participant data).

EQUATOR Network: The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. They provide a list of various standards for reporting in systematic reviews.

PRISMA Flow Diagram

Most systematic reviews include a PRISMA flow diagram to track the search, screening and selection process. The PRISMA Flow Diagram Tool can help you generate a flow diagram. Click on the image below for a Word template for your flow diagram.