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Evidence Synthesis in the Social Sciences

Create Your Protocol

A protocol states your research question and methodology, along with your plan for conducting your evidence synthesis. Your team then uses this protocol as a guide to conduct the research. 

Adapted from Cornell University Libraries LibGuide

Registering Your Protocol

It is strongly recommended that you register your protocol prior to conducting your review. This will improve transparency and reproducibility, reduce bias, and will also ensure that other research teams do not duplicate your efforts. It's also important that you search protocol registration systems for protocols that may be similar to yours, so that you do not duplicate the efforts of other teams. 

Generalized Registration Form Template

van den Akker, O.R., Peters, GJ.Y., Bakker, C.J. et al. Increasing the transparency of systematic reviews: presenting a generalized registration form. Syst Rev 12, 170 (2023).

Where to Register Your Protocol


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