The Institute of Medicine recommends that a librarians or information specialist be involved in the systematic review process. In fact, a study shows that librarian involvement in systematic reviews improves both the quality and the reproducibility of the literature search (see Rethlefsen et al 2015).
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A systematic review is a methodical and comprehensive literature synthesis focused on a well-formulated research question. Its aim is to identify and synthesize all of the scholarly research on a particular topic, including both published and unpublished studies. Systematic reviews are conducted in an unbiased, reproducible way to provide evidence for practice and policy-making and identify gaps in research. They may involve a meta-analysis.
Systematic reviews are much more time-intensive than traditional literature reviews. They usually require a multi-person research team. Before embarking on a systematic review, it is important to determine whether the body of literature warrants one and to clearly identify your reasons for conducting a systematic review. For a list of other types of literature reviews, see this page.
How does a systematic review differ from a traditional literature review?
Evidence maps and systematic maps