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Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: Share & Archive

This guide is designed to help novice and experienced review teams navigate the systematic review and/or meta-analysis process

While finalizing the review and preparing for publication, your team should also make a plan for archiving and sharing additional documentation (e.g., supplemental material) necessary for others to evaluate or replicate your work.


Share & Archive

Archiving & reaching your audience

Now that you've done all this work, it's important that others (especially your intended audience) can find and use it! This will be taken care of in part by publishing in a journal (or other space as appropriate). But, it is also important to share supplemental material such as review protocol, search strategies, data, etc. where you can provide much more detail, increasing the likelihood of replicability.


Systematic Review Specific Repositories

Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR)

"The Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) is a powerful and easy-to-use tool for the extraction and management of data for systematic review or meta-analysis. It is also an open and searchable archive of systematic reviews and their data."

Campbell WikiProject Page

"The Campbell Collaboration Wikipedia Project aims to promote the dissemination, accessibility, and impact of Campbell reviews. Campbell evidence syntheses are published in the Campbell Systematic Reviews journal and are fully open access."

Cochrane WikiProject Page

"Cochrane has a commitment to producing and sharing high quality health evidence to as broad an audience as possible. As a way of achieving this, Cochrane has a partnership with Wikipedia with a view to improving the evidence shared in articles, using quality, reliable secondary sources such as recent Cochrane Systematic Reviews to help improve the reliability of freely available health information."

SearchRxiv

For archiving your search strategies. Developed by CABI for life science disciplines, but open to submissions from all disciplines.


Virginia Tech (VT) Specific Repositories

VTechData

VT's own data repository. Assistance is available to set up your dataset record. A DOI will be assigned to your record for future referencing. Your records will be preserved and accessible by you and others.

VTechWorks

This repository hosts and preserves the scholarly work of Virginia Tech faculty, students, and staff. Materials include: journal articles, books, theses, dissertations, conference papers, slide presentations, technical reports, working papers, administrative documents, videos, images, and more.  Assistance is available at vtechworks@vt.edu


General Purpose Repositories

If you are having trouble matching your review to a more focused repository, these general purpose repositories are a good place to look! If you're already familiar with one of these tools, it would be easiest to start there. You may also choose a repository based on what is commonly used in your field or discipline.

Figshare

"...a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner"

Open Science Framework (OSF)

The Open Science Framework is a free, open source project management platform that helps researchers manage and share their research. Learn more about OSF at VT!

Reporting in Protocol and Final Manuscript

In the Protocol | PRISMA-P

Title (Item 1)

Identify the report as a protocol of a systematic review... use informative titles that make key information easily accessible to reader (item 1a). If the protocol is for an update of a previous systematic review, identify as such...[updates] warrant an independent publication, the title of which should reflect its purpose (item 1b).


Registration (Item 2)

If registered, provide the name of the registry (such as PROSPERO) and registration number.


Amendments (Item 4)

If the protocol represents an amendment of a previously completed or published protocol, identify as such and list changes; otherwise, state plan for documenting important protocol amendments.

In the Final Manuscript | PRISMA

Registration and protocol (Item 24)

Essential Items
  • Provide registration information for the review, including register name and registration number, or state that the review was not registered
  • Indicate where the review protocol can be accessed (such as by providing a citation, DOI, or link) or state that a protocol was not prepared
  • Report details of any amendments to information provided at registration or in the protocol, noting: (a) the amendment itself, (b) the reason for the amendment, and (c) the stage of the review process at which the amendment was implemented

Availability of data, code and other materials (Item 27)

Essential Items
  • Report which of the following are publicly available: template data collection forms; data extracted from included studies; data used for all analyses; analytic code; any other materials used in the review.
  • If any of the above materials are publicly available, report where they can be found (such as provide a link to files deposited in a public repository).
  • If data, analytic code, or other materials will be made available upon request, provide the contact details of the author responsible for sharing the materials and describe the circumstances under which such materials will be shared