Note: This procedure helps you keep track of the information that will be needed to report the methods in the article and also to fill in the PRISMA flow diagram.
Have the right EndNote library open in the background before you begin exporting.
Note: We do not generally recommend using Safari as your browser during this process, although it can be used with some tweaking.
For more instructions on using EndNote or other software programs, please see the Citation Guide
The steps below cover Ovid MEDLINE, Embase Classic+Embase on Ovid, PubMed, and Web of Science.
We often start by exporting records from Ovid MEDLINE, if applicable (you may have decided to only use PubMed to search MEDLINE; those instructions are below):
See the instructions on deduplicating in EndNote.
Create a compressed library for backup after having removed all duplicates, with a filename like SearchTerms-yyyymmdd-Deduplicated—xRecords.enlx. This will be the library for screening.
Record the information in a separate document:
|Names of databases/platforms searched||Ovid MEDLINE|
|Database time coverage||1946-Present|
|Date searched||January 12, 2018|
|Number of records from each database before deduplicating||
Ovid MEDLINE: 1023
Ovid Embase: 2046
|Number of records after deduplicating||2056|
|Search strategy from each database||
1. Silicone gels/
2. Silicone elastomers/
4. (gels or gel).tw.
5. Cica care.tw.
7. Cicatrix, hypertrophic/
8. (hypertrophic adj3 scar*).tw.
9. Hypertrophic cicatrices.tw.
10. Hypertrophic cicatrix.tw.
12. 6 and 11