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Write it up

Write overview

The final stage is to write up the findings of your systematic review.

Move through the slide deck below to learn how to write it up. Alternatively, download the PDF document at the bottom of this box.

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'Review authors are expected to include a PRISMA-type flow diagram demonstrating the flow of studies throughout the selection process (Page et al 2021a)' -- Chapter III 'Reporting the review', Section III.3.4.1, Cochrane Handbook 2022

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) are reporting guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Often journals will ask your to report your systematic review results using PRISMA or another relevant reporting guideline. Find out more:

PRISMA 2020 resources


For information only. PRISMA 2009 has been superseded by PRISMA 2020. Reviewers are now expected to use PRIMSA 2020 standards. 

Select the diagram below to see an example of a published PRISMA 2020 flow diagram, taken from:

Example of PRISMA 2020 flow diagram


Guidelines and standards

Other standards

Some other reporting guidelines