Appraisal of: “Rader T, Mann M, Stansfield C, Cooper C, Sampson M. Methods for documenting systematic review searches: a discussion of common issues. Res Synth Method. 2014(5):98-115.”

Short description: 

A discussion of current practice for documenting systematic review searches. The paper presents issues and recommendations that arise from results of a survey of 260 systematic review authors and information specialists.  The authors suggest specific elements to record during a search including database and non-database elements. Authors list the steps of the information management process supplemented by a discussion for each step. The paper concludes with implications for future research and recommends the use of templates to ensure complete reporting. A sample template is provided.

Limitations stated by the author(s): 

None stated.

Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
No additional limitations detected by the reviewers.
Study Type: 
Single study