Systematic reviews

Last changed: 07 January 2021
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The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up all available and relevant research on a specific question. The library can assist you with your systematic review. Contact us, or visit our open Canvas resource, SLU Hub for systematic reviews.

A crucial part of a systematic review is an extensive literature search, transparently reported in detail in the final publication. The search strategies should be formulated to find all relevant literature and be as comprehensive as possible, in order to avoid publication bias.

The searches are always performed in a number of databases, with search strategies aiming at high sensitivity, and with selection criteria determined in advance. There are several acknowledged international standards, for example PRISMA.

Systematic reviews are a well established part of evidence based medicine (Cochrane), but increasingly prevalent also in other subject areas. For example, see CEE and Mistra EviEM (ecology and environmental science), 3ie (international development) and Campbell (social sciences).

Open resource for systematic reviews

If you would like to read up on methods and find resources then please visit our open resource in the learning platform Canvas:

We strive to keep up to date with the development of methods and software. We are happy to discuss these with you in respect to your research question!