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Systematic and Literature Reviews

A Systematic Review Reading List


  1. A 24-step guide on how to design, conduct, and successfully publish a systematic review and meta-analysis in medical research. Eur J Epidemiol 2020;35:49–60.
  2. How to Do a Systematic Review: A Best Practice Guide for Conducting and Reporting Narrative Reviews, Meta-Analyses, and Meta-Syntheses. Annual Review of Psychology 2019;70:747–70.
  3. The PRISMA 2020 statement: an updated guideline for reporting systematic reviews. BMJ 2021;372:n71
  4. PRISMA 2020 explanation and elaboration: updated guidance and exemplars for reporting systematic reviews. BMJ 2021;372:n160.
  5. How to do a systematic review. International Journal of Stroke 2018;13:138–56.
  6. Systematic review or scoping review? Guidance for authors when choosing between a systematic or scoping review approach. BMC Med Res Methodol 2018;18:143.
  7. Ensuring the rigor in systematic reviews: Part 3, the value of the search. Heart & Lung 2021;50:220–2.
  8. Searching clinical trials registers: guide for systematic reviewers. BMJ 2022;377:e068791.
  9. Methodological guidance for the conduct of mixed methods systematic reviews. JBI Evidence Synthesis 18(10), 2020.
  10. A guide to evaluating systematic reviews for the busy clinicians or reluctant readersChiropractic & manual therapies, 2023, Vol.31 (1).



  1. Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Version 6.3, 2022
  2. JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis. JBI, 2020.


Reporting Guidance

    PRISMA 2020 Statement. Checklist, extensions, flow diagrams.