Why is it important to have a plan?
A major cause of bias in a systematic review is answering a different question to that being originally asked. This is why it is important to develop a review plan or protocol.
The benefits of having a protocol before the beginning of a review:
The protocol should include:
Registering your protocol in a publicly accessible way will avoid other people duplicating your review. Similarly, it is always a good idea to check these sources ahead of starting out just in case someone else has lodged a review protocol on the same topic.
A good place to register a health review is PROSPERO. Once you register your review will:
You can publish your protocol:
Protocols for Cochrane and Joanna Briggs Institute reviews are published on their websites:
Many other journals will allow you to publish your protocol. You should also look for relevant journals within your discipline area.
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