“A systematic review protocol describes the rationale, hypothesis, and planned methods of the review. It should be prepared before a review is started and used as a guide to carry out the review.” PRISMA statement on protocols.
There are benefits to having a protocol before the beginning of a review:
Note: The protocol can be refined through the review process.
The protocol should include:
The PRISMA-P Checklist for Protocols is a useful tool that can be used in the development of a systematic review protocol. The Checklist contains recommended items to be addressed in a protocol.
Registering your protocol is useful because it can:
Popular systematic review registries include:
The largest and most-used protocol registry for systematic reviews is PROSPERO. PROSPERO includes details of any ongoing systematic review that has a health related outcome. You can register your own planned systematic review and search other protocols on this site. Creating an account on the site is required to register your protocol, but not to search other protocols.
See Help with Registration on PROSPERO
JBI SUMARI (System for the Unified Management of the Assessment and Review of Information) is a software package designed to assist in the conduct of JBI systematic reviews.
Access to SUMARI is available through the Library’s subscription to the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database (Ovid).
See the SUMARI knowledge base to find information on how to set up your systematic review project and protocol.
Many thousands of people from around the world contribute to Cochrane by writing Cochrane Reviews. Information on proposing and registering new reviews can be found in Cochrane.