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Systematic Reviews

A guide for researchers beginning a medical systematic review or meta-analysis.

Team Members Involved

All team members should be involved with writing the manuscript for publication.

The content experts will be main authors and edit the manuscript into its final form.

The librarian or information specialist should author the methods section on the literature search, as well as any appendix dealing with search strategies.

The statistician may author the results or analysis section.

Writing the Manuscript

All team members should contribute to the manuscript.

The Guidelines listed below (especially the PRISMA Statement and its Explanation & Elaborations) offer specific advice for each section of the paper.

Submitting the Manuscript

All team members should have an opportunity to read and accept the final manuscript before it is submitted for publication review.

The guides below may provide additional assistance in finding a place for publication.