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Evidence Synthesis: Finding, appraising and synthesizing research

This guide provides an overview of evidence syntheses methods and points to resources to learn more about conducting the different steps of an evidence synthesis project.

Reporting Standards

There are numerous standards for reporting the methods and results of evidence synthesis research. Depending on the journal in which you intend to publish, they may require adherence to certain standards. Here are a few standards to consider.

PRISMA Flow Diagram

Most systematic reviews, and many other types of evidence synthesis research publications, include a PRISMA flow diagram to track the search, screening and selection process. The PRISMA Flow Diagram Tool can help you generate a flow diagram. Click on the image below for a Word template for your flow diagram.

Guidelines and Resources for Reviews in Management

Guidelines and Resources for Reviews in the Social Sciences

Guidelines and Resources for Reviews in Health and Medicine

Guidelines and Resources for Reviews in Other Disciplines

The Collaboration for Environmental Evidence: The Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) is an open community of scientists and managers working towards a sustainable global environment and the conservation of biodiversity.To download the CEE Systematic Reviews guidelines, click here.

Evidence-based Software Engineering: Some effort has been made to provide guidance for systematic reviews in software engineering. This site provides guidelines and other resources for this field.

Systematic Review Methods for the Humanities: Systematic reviews in the humanities are less common, but this site provides some examples of reviews conducted in areas like Bioethics and Religious Studies.