In a large-scale, comprehensive review, planning ahead data methods and modalities is crucial. Ask yourself these questions (Boland, Cherry, & Dickson, 2017):
Knowing these pieces of information outright before beginning to review studies will greatly aid researchers in staying organized.
The systematic review process is complex and requires a lot of time management and organization. This can be achieved by planning the steps of the review prior to beginning the review itself (Boland, Cherry, & Dickson, 2017).
Before beginning the compilation process, meet with the research team and set a standard of what software will be used to manage references and extract data. We recommend using Covidence, EndNote, or a combination of the two.
Facilitates team collaboration for the review process including duplicate removal, screening, exclusion, and data extraction.
Citation management software that facilitates finding full text and uploading it to Covidence.
It may be helpful to create and complete data extraction tables to ensure consistency in what is gathered from each study you review. See the Data Extraction page for more information.