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Systematic Reviews

Handbook / Guides for Systematic Reviews

Below is a compilation of useful handbooks and guidelines from renowed organisations conducting systematic reviews.   



AHRQ Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews

This Guide presents key issues to the development of Comparative Effectiveness Reviews and describes recommended approaches for addressing difficult, frequently encountered methodological issues.


Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions

The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official document that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions. This is Interventions version 6.2 (updated February 2021).


The Campbell Collaboration. Campbell systematic reviews: Policies and guidelines

This document articulates the policies that pertain to the nature and production of Campbell systematic reviews as approved by the Campbell Collaboration Technical Advisory Group. It is designed to inform review teams and potential review teams about the requirements for Campbell systematic reviews, guidelines for producing them, and selected sources of further information about systematic reviews that is consistent with those requirements and guidelines.

Social Sciences 

Education  Business

Cochrane-Campbell Handbook for Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

The Handbook has been produced by the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group and members of the Campbell Qualitative Evidence Synthesis working group. It is a step-by-step guide for those conducting systematic reviews of qualitative evidence and a reference for more experienced authors.


Social Sciences 

Education Business

CEE: Guidelines and Standards for Evidence Synthesis in Environmental Management

CEE contributors have developed specific guidelines for application to environmental management and the types of data and study designs that are prevalent in environmental research.


EUnetHTA. Process of information retrieval for systematic reviews and health technology assessments on clinical effectiveness. Methodological Guidelines

The primary objective of EUnetHTA methodological guidelines is to focus on methodological challenges that are encountered by HTA assessors while performing relative effectiveness assessments of pharmaceuticals or nonpharmaceutical health technologies.

 Health Technology Assessment

Institute of Medicine.  Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews

This standard is recommended for systematic reviews of the comparative effectiveness of medical or surgical interventions. It addresses the entire systematic review process, from locating, screening, and selecting studies for the review, to synthesizing the findings (including meta-analysis) and assessing the overall quality of the body of evidence, to producing the final review report. 


Guidelines for Systematic Review in Conservation and Environmental Management

Guideline developed to help conservation biologists to establish framework to undertake systematic review in the field of conservation and environmental management.

Conservation and Environmental

JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis

Provide guidance for conducting a variety of JBI reviews on systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and umbrella reviews based on different types of evidence and to address different types of review questions.

Nursing and Allied Health

The Methods Manual for Community Guide Systematic Reviews

Provide an overview of Community Guide systematic review methods for assessing the effectiveness and economic evidence that serves as the basis for Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommendations and findings.


Systematic Reviews: CRD's guidance for undertaking systematic reviews in health care

This guide was developed to promote high standards in commissioning and conduct, by providing practical guidance for
undertaking systematic reviews evaluating the effects of health interventions.


Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide

Contains outline of recommended search methods for social science researchers conducting systematic reviews.

Social Sciences 

EPPI-Centre Methods for Conducting Systematic Reviews

This guide, from the EPPI-Centre, looks at the processes involved when conducting Systematic Reviews. Covering the key steps involved, the guide focuses on four main area from approaches to reviewing to making use of the review. The paper also includes detailed examples of search strategies and search logs.


Social Policy

Health Promotion

Economic Development, Crime and other Social Sciences

Guidelines for Systematic Reviews in Environment Management

The guidelines are primarily aimed at those teams intending to conduct a Collaboration for Environmental Evidence Systematic Reviews.

Environment Science Conservation Biology

Guidelines for performing Systematic Literature Reviews in Software Engineering

The objective of this report is to propose comprehensive guidelines for systematic literature reviews appropriate for software engineering researchers, including PhD students.

Software Engineering