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Systematic Reviews

EQUATOR - Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research


How does your systematic review stand up?
Appraisal of a systematic review using a checklist: Notes and example 1
Clinical Evidence (BMJ)


If you plan on publishing in a journal
  • Review the intended journal for specific guidelines for systematic reviews BEFORE starting your review
  • If there are no guidelines, review other systematic reviews in the intended journal


Archiving Your Review
  • The University of Calgary Institutional Repository, also known as PRISM, is a digital archive comprised of the University's intellectual output.
  • PRISM serves to manage, preserve and make available the academic works of faculty, graduate students, and research groups.
  • Submit your systematic review 

Updating Your Review

Updating Your Review
  • Given the time it takes to complete a systematic review, you may need to update the search prior to submission for publication
  • You may need to update your systematic review as a requirement of the publishing body (Cochrane) or as new evidence is published
  • Because you kept detailed, transparent documentation on data collection (searching) and because you saved your searches on the different database platforms, updating the search can be done relatively quickly

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