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Systematic Reviews: Protocols

A guide to systematic review searching for University of Newcastle researchers

Systematic review protocols

 ... publication of a protocol for a review prior to knowledge of the available studies reduces the impact of review authors’ biases, promotes transparency of methods and processes, reduces the potential for duplication, and allows peer review of the planned methods. (Cochrane Handbook, Section 2.1)

More information:

  • The PLoS Medicine Editors (2011) Best Practice in Systematic Reviews: The Importance of Protocols and Registration. PLoS Med 8(2): e1001009. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001009

Publishing your protocol