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Systematic Methods for Literature Reviews: SRM - Checklists

"Checklists" for evaluating and guiding reviews


1. AMSTAR  A tool to assess the methodological quality of systematic reviews.

2. PRESS: Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies  Connect to PRESS.

"Peer review of search strategies could be a way to improve the quality of the search and thereby the systematic review it supports...the results of this study suggest that if a formal peer review process is to be valuable then it would need to be both timely and timed for a window of opportunity immediately prior to the finalization of the protocol. Even if a formal peer review process is not implemented, the PRESS instrument could be useful in informal peer review or even self review." (from the opening pages)


"PRISMA stands for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. It is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

The aim of the PRISMA Statement is to help authors improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

The PRISMA Statement consists of a 27-item checklist (Word Document) and a four-phase flow diagram (Word document) It is an evolving document that is subject to change periodically as new evidence emerges"  (statements from web site)

4. RAMESES publication standards: meta-narrative reviews  Connect to article with standards.  Table 1 is a checklist of "what to include".

"Meta-narrative review is one of an emerging menu of new approaches to qualitative and mixed-method systematic review. A meta-narrative review seeks to illuminate a heterogeneous topic area by highlighting the contrasting and complementary ways in which researchers have studied the same or a similar topic."