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Systematic Review Life Cycle {Free Infographic}

*Updated January 7, 2020*

Systematic review processes are continuously evolving, refining, and updating. What was considered "best practice" for a systematic review in the 2010's is a lot different than what we see in 2020.

In this updated systematic review lifecycle infographic, you can see the circular nature of a systematic review. Today's systematic reviews still follow a prescriptive process and we are placing more emphasis on how the review will need to be updated if new content becomes available to keep up with the demand of evidence-based research.

If you're feeling a little overwhelmed about starting a new systematic review, you can download the PDF version of this infographic below for your own records.

(And by the way, did you know the DistillerSR User Guide is full of other helpful charts and resources just like this?)

Happy Reviewing!


Download the PDF Version

The Systematic Review Lifecycle: 1. Define and develop the research question. 2. Search relevant databases and other sources. 3. Screen references for relevant. 4. Data extraction and quality assessment. 5. Document purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Monitor for newly available content and modify the search question if needed.


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Susan Sykes

As Evidence Partners’ Director of Marketing & Communications, Susan Sykes works hard to create and deliver content that the evidence-based research community will find interesting and useful. She is an experienced writer and marketing professional who loves finding ways to communicate in-depth, technical information so that it engages the reader. In her down time, she can often be found plotting her next home decor project.