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We are pleased to announce that Systematic Reviews has received its first Impact Factor* which is 2.479. In addition, the journal had over 1.2 million downloads and over 3000 Altmetric mentions in 2019. The journal would like to thank all of our authors, reviewers, editors and readers for their continued support.

*2019 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)

Change in leadership for Systematic Reviews

The team at BMC would like to thank the Editors in Chief, David Moher, Paul Shekelle and Lesley Stewart, who are stepping down from their roles as Editors in Chief, for their dedication to Systematic Reviews since the launch of the journal in 2012. Their work, and the work of the team they have built, has driven its growth in both size and reputation, the journal had over 1.2 million downloads in 2019 and received its first Impact Factor in June 2020. We are privileged to have worked with them on the journal and they are leaving it in a very good place.

We are delighted to announce that Craig Lockwood will be stepping into the role as acting Editor in Chief, while we continue to recruit for permanent leadership of the journal. Craig has been a Senior Editor with Systematic Reviews for several years and is extremely well placed to lead the journal during this time.

We hope you will join us in thanking David, Paul and Lesley for all their work that has contributed to making Systematic Reviews a well-established and successful journal, and in welcoming and supporting Craig in his expanded role.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.


Article collections

Thematic series
Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care Evidence Reviews
Edited by Dr Ivan Florez

Thematic series
Automation in the systematic review process
Edited by Prof Joseph Lau

Thematic series
Five years of Systematic Reviews

Thematic series
Overviews of systematic reviews: development and evaluation of methods
Edited by Dr Joanne E McKenzie

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Aims and scope

Systematic Reviews encompasses all aspects of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. The journal publishes high quality systematic review products including systematic review protocols, systematic reviews related to a very broad definition of health, rapid reviews, updates of already completed systematic reviews, and methods research related to the science of systematic reviews, such as decision modelling. At this time Systematic Reviews does not accept reviews of in vitro studies.  The journal also aims to ensure that the results of all well-conducted systematic reviews are published, regardless of their outcome.

Announcement: We are recruiting new Associate Editors!

We are recruiting new Associate Editors to join our international Editorial Board, helping to provide expertise on the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews.

Peer review mentoring

The Editors endorse peer review mentoring of early career researchers. Find out more here

Call for papers: Automation in systematic reviews

We are pleased to announce that Systematic Reviews is accepting submissions for a new thematic series on automation in the systematic review process.

Guest Edited by Professor Joseph Lau (Brown University, USA), this series will include articles about innovative uses of computer technologies in producing systematic reviews.

Conducting a systematic review of animal studies?

Systematic Reviews considers protocols and results papers of systematic reviews of animal studies relevant for human health. You can now also prospectively register these reviews on PROSPERO.

Thank you to our peer reviewers

The editors and staff of Systematic Reviews would like to warmly thank our peer reviewers whose comments have helped to shape the journal.

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