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Systematic Review Protocols
Creating a systematic review protocol is an important step in the planning process for your review. A review protocol is beneficial for a number of reasons:
- It helps to ensure that all team members are on the same page when it comes to the research question, inclusion/exclusion criteria, etc.
- It can help your review team stay focused on answering the original research question.
- It can help your group with developing and adhering to a review timeline.
- It helps to ensure the transparency and reproducibility of your review.
- Registering a protocol (more on that below) notifies other researchers of your in-progress review.
Systematic Review Protocol Registeries
Your review team should strongly consider registering your protocol with a systematic review protocol registry. Doing so will notify other researchers of your work, which can reduce the possibility of duplicate projects.
In the early stages of your own project, you should also consider searching these registries for review protocols. Doing so will allow you to see if any researchers have ongoing projects on your topic or a similar topic. Also, seeing a completed review protocol (on any topic) could help with constructing your own.
PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development, where there is a health related outcome.
Information about registering a review protocol with Cochrane is can be found here. Cochrane accepts reviews (and review protocols) in the fields of healthcare/medicine.
The Campbell Collaboration is an international network publishing high quality, transparent and policy-relevant evidence syntheses and maps in the social sectors.
Campbell accepts reviews in the following fields: Ageing; Business and Management; Climate Solutions; Crime and Justice; Disability; Education; International Development; Knowledge Translation and Implementation; Methods; Nutrition and Food Security; Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Social Welfare; and Training.
Open Science Framework
A multidiscplinary, open source repository that allows submissions of review protocols.
Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
A repository for review protocols dealing with environmental topics & issues.
Systematic Review Protocol Template
Systematic Review Reporting Guidelines and Standards