Getting Ready for a Systematic Review: Things to Consider

Systematic reviews require a significant amount of librarian time and effort. Librarians design and complete the comprehensive searches required for such projects, and also gather documentation that will be required for the final manuscript and for updating of the systematic review.

When requesting HSLS assistance with a systematic review, you’ll be asked the series of questions:

  • What is your research question?
  • Did a librarian assist you in determining that there are no existing systematic reviews or systematic review protocols that address your question?
  • Do you have a protocol?
  • Who is on your research team?
  • Do you know that systematic reviews require literature searches in multiple databases and other information resources?
  • How will you manage the results of comprehensive literature searches?
  • Do you have the time to screen the results of comprehensive literature searches?
  • Have you thought about how you will obtain the articles you want to use in your review?
  • What is your timetable for the systematic review?
  • Have you thought about where you would like to publish your systematic review?
  • Are you prepared to update your systematic review?
  • Are you aware of existing standards for the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews?
  • Is this for a grant proposal?
  • Will the librarian be a co-author on the final manuscript?

Getting Ready for a Systematic Review: Questions Answered (PDF)