Below are a few selected tools to help you throughout your project that you have access to either through Northeastern or for free. For a more comprehensive list of tools (both free and paid) available to help with systematic and other advanced reviews, take a look at the Systematic Review Toolbox. Use the links below to navigate to boxes, or scroll down to browse.
If you have any questions, or would like personalized recommendations for your project, please email a librarian or schedule an appointment using the profile boxes on the right-hand side of this page.
Before you begin your project, consider writing a review protocol with your team. Your protocol can describe the planning for the project, including a timeline, anticipated author contributions, and much more. You can find a template for systematic review protocols attached at the bottom of this box.
When creating a systematic review protocol, it can be useful to review PRISMA-P, the reporting standard for systematic review protocols.
To find protocols:
PROSPERO: PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development, where there is a health related outcome.
OSF Registries is a scholarly repository where you can find and deposit protocols for a wider range of advanced reviews and research projects. Deposits are not limited to systematic reviews, nor to reviews with health related outcomes.
For more information about using EndNote for systematic reviews, please email Alissa Link (email@example.com).
There are a number of different standards that you can choose to follow. Which standard is best for your project is dependent on your discipline and the project you are completing. For more information on which is the best fit for your project, ask a librarian or schedule an appointment with one of the librarians on the right hand side of this page.
Standards for Systematic Reviews:
PRISMA Statement: Primarily used in the Health Sciences
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions: Primarily used in the Health Sciences and considered the 'Gold Standard' of systematic reviews
Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR): Primarily used in the Health Sciences and used in conjunction with the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.
Joanna Briggs Institute Reviewer's Manual: Primarily used in the Health Sciences
Campbell Collaboration: Primarily used in the social sciences, Campbell Collaboration author guidelines are available under the Policies and Guidelines section of their Journal page. Campbell also has a page explaining what a systematic review is as well as additional information on Evidence and Gap Maps.
Collaboration for Environmental Evidence: Guidelines and Standards for Evidence Synthesis in Environmental Management
Standards for Scoping Reviews:
PRISMA Scoping Review Extension: Primarily used in the health sciences