A growing body of evidence demonstrates that including an information professional on the research team improves the quality and reporting of search strategies (Rethlefsen et al., 2015; McGowan and Sampson, 2005; Mokkink et al., 2009). The inclusion of a trained information professional on the team has become part of established standards for high quality systematic reviews ( IOM, Cochrane, AHRQ).
Welch Library informationists have extensive training, skills, and experience in the sophisticated searching required for formal systematic reviews and for the creation of other comprehensive compilations of medical, basic science, and public health evidence.
Informationists are always available to answer your questions about the systematic review process. Typically, when informationists act as members of systematic review teams, they do the following:
Additionally, the informationist (and other library staff members) may contribute to:
It is expected that informationists will receive authorship for their contributions as members of collaborative systematic review teams. These substantial contributions meet the criteria for authorship of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE):
Feel free to reach out to us as soon as you begin planning your project. This helps us estimate the time and effort to allocate to your project. You can find the informationist assigned to your department on the Find Your Informationist page.
An initial consultation with an informationist will address the following:
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