Keep these guidelines in mind when establishing your systematic review team:
At each step of the process, multiple team members may have a role, though some may play a more prominent role at certain portions of the review. For example, the statistician may be most active during the statistical synthesis phase if a meta analysis is being performed. All team members should typically be co-authors and review the final manuscript before submission.
Systematic reviews frequently take a year or longer due to the development of a comprehensive search and two rounds of screening. An analysis by Borah et al. found that the mean time required to complete and publish a registered systematic review was 67.3 weeks.1
Time spent developing your protocol is likely to result in time saved during the subsequent steps.
1Borah R, Brown AW, Capers PL, Kaiser KA. Analysis of the time and workers needed to conduct systematic reviews of medical interventions using data from the PROSPERO registry. BMJ Open. 2017;7(2):e012545. Published 2017 Feb 27. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012545. PMID: 28242767
Research shows that the methodological quality of systematic reviews improves when librarians are active members of the research team. Librarian participation in research teams results in:
Librarian involvement in systematic reviews is a practice recommendation by the Institute of Medicine and leading sources of evidence-based information including Cochrane, the Joanna Briggs Institute and the Campbell Collaboration.
Librarian support available
The Health Sciences Library provides support for systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis:
Contact Teresa Jewell, the systematic review librarian for additional information or to set up a meeting.
If you would like assistance with a literature review (sometimes called a systematic literature review) for a class project, please schedule directly with your School’s liaison librarian since they will have the best knowledge of how to meet your course’s expectations.