Becker Librarians work with your team to design and report thorough search strategies based on guidelines and standards set forth by Cochrane, PRISMA and IOM. Our librarians provide:
Please allow for a minimum of 4-6 weeks for the systematic review literature search to be completed. Your librarian can give you a more precise estimate after you submit the systematic review request form.
This brief video provides an overview of how to complete the systematic review request form: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uGf8turH7w
All Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM) faculty, students, researchers, and staff are eligible for Becker Library systematic review services. Barnes Jewish Hospital (BJH) staff including physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare providers are also eligible for Becker Library systematic review services. Becker does not charge fees for the systematic review service, but please note that you may need to budget for expenses like interlibrary loan or purchasing software (e.g. Endnote, Covidence, etc.).
If you are collaborating with others not affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, please note that at least one member of the systematic review team must be currently affiliated with WUSM OR BJH. This does not include alumni or former staff/faculty of WUSM, and does not include faculty/staff/students from the Danforth campus unless there is a joint appointment with the medical school. The WUSM/BJH member of your team must submit the systematic review request form, agree to be the primary contact person for the project, and must attend any meetings regarding the systematic review. If you have any questions about eligibility please contact us at email@example.com.
Before collaborating with you on your systematic review project, we ask that you provide the following:
Once you have this information ready, please submit the Systematic Review Request form. A librarian will be assigned to work with you on your project moving forward.
Once we have received your systematic review request form a librarian from our team will contact you to begin the collaborative work process:
According to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, authorship should be based on the following four criteria:
The search strategies librarians design and implement are a substantial contribution to the design of the study while the citation data we acquire and organize is a substantial acquisition of data. The written methods regarding the design of the search, resources searched, and data retrieved falls under drafting the work. We will provide any requested feedback and revisions as well as final approval of the written work. If we agree to be an author on a systematic review we will stand behind the accuracy and integrity of our role in the project.
We ask that you do not include your collaborating librarian's search methods or search strategies in a published manuscript unless they are included as an author.
If you would prefer to not include a librarian as an author we are happy to provide guidance on a systematic review search you design on your own.