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Systematic Review (SR) Service: Getting Started

Collaborate with a MSK Research Informationist to publish your Systematic Review.

Research Informationist as Co-Investigator

The research informationist as co-investigator is committed to collaborating and supporting the following Systematic Review tasks:

  • Determine if a systematic review has already been done on your topic.
  • Translate the research question into an appropriate search strategy.
  •  Explore registering your systematic review in PROSPERO. (Authors should check with the journal they wish to submit their manuscript to, to confirm whether or not protocol registration is required).
  • Translate the search concepts into controlled vocabulary and keywords so that retrieval is maximized at the same time as being precise. The search strategy is also reviewed by another research informationist based on the PRESS 2015 Guideline. Peer-review of the search strategies using this methodology enhances the quality and comprehensiveness of the final search strings used.
  • Recommend specific databases and other information sources to be searched.
  • Conduct the literature searches.
  • Provide training to your administrative staff or designated team member in how to access full text articles or request them via MSK Document Delivery. Help obtain or verify any references found from hand searching or other venues.
  • Provide guidance and support regarding bibliographic management tools.
  • Provide a Covidence account to assist with screening and managing steps in the systematic review process. You can create your personal sign-in with Covidence before or after joining the MSK Library's institutional account.
  • Write the literature search methodology section for the submitted manuscript.
  • Maintain records of search results and follow up with alerts and updates as needed.

Systematic Review Workshop

The MSK research informationists have special training in conducting systematic reviews and have created a workshop for MSK staff interested in pursuing this type of research. The workshop (Demystifying the Systematic Review Process) will take between 4 to 4.5 hours and can be given as one session or broken down into a series of sessions, depending on the availability of the group.  To learn more about this workshop or to schedule a date that works for your team, please contact Donna Gibson.

Documents for Researchers