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Systematic Reviews

Your protocol is an important part of the evidence synthesis process. It acts as a framework and guideline for your study. It should include:

  • Personnel information (research team)
  • Background information
  • Methods:
    • research question
    • inclusion/exclusion criteria
    • selected databases and gray literature
    • a sample search strategy
    • data management and extraction plan
    • data synthesis plan

Protocol Guidelines

Sharing your Protocol

To help with transparency and accountability of your review, it is important that your protocol be registered and/or shared with other researchers. There are various avenues available through which to register: