Undertaking any scientific study requires planning and preparation prior to initiating the project.
Assemble your research & review team.
Take the time and effort to hone your research question.
Develop a timeline for your project.
Determine how best to manage your project and meet assigned deadlines.
Institute a communication plan for the review team members.
Consult Cochrane Interactive LearningModule 1. Introduction to Conducting Systematic Reviewsfor further information. *Please note you will need to register for a Cochrane account while initially on the Mayo network. You'll receive an email message containing a link to create a password and activate your account.*
Target Journals for Future Publication
As you assemble a team and develop your research question, think about which journals might publish your completed review.
What is the topic of your review?
Are there journals that have published evidence synthesis reviews on similar or related subjects?
Read some of the reviews that have been published in your targeted journals.
Read the journal's instructions for authors. What reporting guidelines are required for a systematic review?