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Why Prepare a Protocol?

A protocol is a detailed plan to help guide the review project. If completed thoroughly, completion of a protocol will facilitate a more efficient and successful project.  A protocol is recommended for  any type of review, but is especially encouraged for systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, or umbrella reviews. Protocols are required for Cochrane projects.

Guidance on Protocol Completion

Registering a Protocol

Some journals are regularly publishing protocols for multiple review types. Because it is expected that more journals will adopt this practice, please use the below list only as a starting point.

In addition to the below list, consider a journal specific to the review subject, and send an inquiry to the journal if no information is available on the journal webpage.