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Systematic Review Handbooks and Guides
Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews
The National Academies Press (formerly IOM) standards address the entire systematic review process, from locating, screening, and selecting studies for the review, to synthesizing the findings and assessing the overall quality of the body of evidence, to producing the final review report.
Cochrane Collaboration Handbook
The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official document that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions. This is Version 6 of the Handbook; last edited October 1, 2019.
Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews (AHRQ)
This guide was developed to improve the transparency, consistency, and scientific rigor of those working on Comparative Effectiveness Reviews.
Systematic Review Reporting Guidelines
Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses 2020 (PRISMA Statement)
The aim of the 20020 PRISMA Statement is to help authors improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The focus of PRISMA is randomized trials, but it can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions.
Guidelines for producing a Campbell Systematic Review. The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. Look for the Methodological Expectations of Campbell Collaboration Intervention Reviews (MECCIR) documents on this page.
Registering your protocol
International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews. Registration is free and open to anyone undertaking systematic reviews of the effects of interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions, for which there is a health related outcome.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of 28,000+ dedicated people from 100+ countries. They work to help healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about healthcare, based on the best available research evidence, by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews.
OSF: Open Science Foundation
Registration with OSF is free. OSF is both a registry and project management tool. OSF helps document and archive study designs, materials, and data; and facilitates sharing of materials and data across teams. Pre-registration/registration is useful for certifying what you did in a project in advance of data analysis, or for confirming the exact state of the project at important points of the lifecycle, such as manuscript submission or the onset of data collection. OSF is maintained and developed by the Center for Open Science (COS).
Scoping Review Handbooks and Reporting Guidelines