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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)
- 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
Contains over 2000 records of prospectively registered systematic reviews. As the content grows the register provides a increasingly valuable resource for identifying on-going reviews to help avoid unplanned duplication of reviews.
A collection of seven databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
Joanna Briggs Institute
Evidence based resource for nursing, midwifery, dietetics, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography.
Open Science Framework
(OSF) is an open source software project created by the Centre for Open Science to increase reproducibility in research. The OSF allows users to create project folders, pre-register study protocols, and store data and code files for public access. These features are especially relevant for transparency in laboratory-based and basic science research.
Protocols have been published in a range of BMC journals, including Systematic Reviews
National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
HSRProj provides information about U.S. research-in-progress before results are available in a published format.
PRISMA-P was published in 2015 and aims to facilitate the development and reporting of systematic review protocols.