Registering the Review

Registering a protocol for your review is recommended in order to avoid duplication of effort, to allow for replication and updating, and to reduce the likelihood of selective reporting. 

Articles about Registering Systematic Reviews

  1. Strauss, S., & Moher, D. (2010). Registering systematic reviews, CMAJ, 182(1), 13-14. doi:  10.1503/cmaj.081849.
  2. Stewart, L., Moher, D., & Shekelle, P. (2012). Why prospective registration of systematic reviews makes sense. Syst Rev, 1, 1-7
  3. Shamseer, L., Moher, D., Clarke, M., Ghersi, D., Liberati, A., Petticrew, M., Shekelle, P., Stewart, L. A., & the PRISMA-P Group. (2015). Preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols (PRISMA-P) 2015: elaboration and explanation. BMJ, 349.
  4. Booth A. (2016) Registering the Review. In: Biondi-Zoccai G. (eds) Umbrella Reviews. Springer, Cham


  1. International Registry
    1. PROSPERO: International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews. PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care. Key features from the review protocol are recorded and maintained as a permanent record. PROSPERO aims to provide a comprehensive listing of systematic reviews registered at inception to help avoid unplanned duplication and enable comparison of reported review methods with what was planned in the protocol.
  2. Other Registries
    1. The Campbell Collaboration has a process for registering Campbell Systematic Reviews. See Guidelines for Preparation of Review Protocols.
    2. The Cochrane Collaboration has processes for registering Cochrane Reviews. See Proposing and registering new Cochrane Reviews.

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