Keeping a record of final search strategies is an essential step. Accurate documentation enables accurate methods description, facilitating transparency and replicability of the search. Most database platforms offer an account feature, allowing the strategies to be saved. Saving all searches in the database platform is highly recommended, as it is common that missing or problematic terms are discovered early in screening process. If searches are saved in each database, it is easy to edit.
It is a good practice to document the search method for any type of review. However, it is required for systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and meta-analyses. Document the following during the search process: