The stages of a systematic review may vary slightly depending on the discipline and study types to be included but generally follow a series of steps outlined as follows:
Training and support available from UCL Library Services primarily focuses on the 'Searching for studies' stage of the process, but may include other stages in some circumstances.
Publishing a protocol is not mandatory if you are writing a review, but it is increasingly considered best practice. The PRISMA statement includes a checklist to support the development of protocols and you may wish to consider publishing a protocol on one of the sites listed below.
The JBI recommends that protocols are published in PROSPERO. The JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis includes information about how to write protocols for scoping reviews, umbrella reviews, and various types of systematic review.
The following resources provide more in depth information about the stages of a systematic review:
See also Useful books about systematic reviews.