How Librarians Can Help
As you embark on your evidence synthesis project, librarians have the option to help at either the consultant or co-author level.
Please Note: The ability to provide co-author level work is solely at the discretion of the librarian.
As a consultant, a librarian can step in at different points of your systematic review and:
- Provide background information and resources on the systematic review process
- Recommend databases, protocol registration platforms, and citation management software
- Suggest edits for your search strategy.
- As a consultant, your librarian can provide up to 10 hours of support throughout the project. (These hours may vary depending on the project).
Acknowledgment: Librarians who collaborate on search strategy formation and/or citation management should be acknowledged in the final publication.
A Note about Co-Authorship
In certain circumstances, a librarian and research group may determine that more assistance is mutually desired. Co-authoring is a more substantial commitment, and a librarian will typically devote more than a year to partner with you on your review. Accepting a role as co-author is solely at the discretion of the librarian. As a co-author, the librarian will be more hands-on and can write/translate searches, perform searches & export to citation manager, deduplicate results, write a portion of the methods section and more.