Systematic Reviews: Preparation

This guide provides information and resources which may be helpful when undertaking a systematic review or other type of knowledge synthesis.

Preparing for your Review

Undertaking any scientific study requires planning and preparation prior to initiating the project.

  1. Assemble your research & review team.
  2. Take the time and effort to hone your research question.
  3. Develop a timeline for your project.
  4. Determine how best to manage your project and meet assigned deadlines.
  5. Institute a communication plan for the review team members.

Consult Cochrane Interactive Learning Module 1. Introduction to Conducting Systematic Reviews for 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?