The EQUATOR Network is a site that keeps track of reporting guidelines available for specific study designs--for example, what authors of randomized controlled trials should be reporting in their manuscripts, and how. Given systematic reviews and other forms of knowledge synthesis are study designs in and of themselves, please see the EQUATOR Network to find out if a reporting guideline is available for the specific form on knowledge synthesis that you are using.
For systematic reviews in particular, PRISMA is the reporting guideline of choice.
Publishing in the life sciences: Guidance on finding journals for your manuscript and on preplanning your writing to comply with the author guidelines of your selected venue
The PRISMA checklist (for systematic reviews) specifies that the following should be documented in the published report:
#7) Describe all information sources (e.g. databases with dates of coverage, contact with study authors to identify additional studies) in the search and date last searched.
#8) Present full electronic search strategy for at least one database, including any limits used, such that it could be repeated.
The PRISMA Elaboration and Explanation provides more details on the meaning and rationale of the checklist items.
The PRISMA flow diagram is used to illustrate the flow of records through the search and screening process.
There are many forms of knowledge synthesis in addition to systematic reviews, and reporting guidelines for them may be non-existent, under development, or evolving. To check for reporting guidelines, please visit the Equator Network.
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
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