Skip to main content

Table 1 Eligibility criteria (February 2011 to March 2012)

From: PROSPERO at one year: an evaluation of its utility

Aspect Criteria
Scope PROSPERO will initially include systematic reviews of the effects of interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions, for which there is a health related outcome.
The long-term aim is to include details of all ongoing systematic reviews that have a health related outcome in the broadest sense (for example, reviews of risk factors and genetic associations). Reviews of animal studies will not be included.
Review types excluded Scoping reviews, reviews of reviews, and reviews of methodological issues are not currently included in PROSPERO.
Timing Registration should take place once the systematic review protocol has been finalised, but ideally before screening studies for inclusion begins. However, during the initial period of operation we will accept registration of reviews that are already underway up to the point of completion of data extraction. Completed reviews should not be registered.
Cochrane Review Protocols An electronic upload of Cochrane Protocols from the Cochrane library is being developed. To avoid duplication of records, Cochrane protocols should not be registered separately with PROSPERO.
Language Submissions must be in English.
  If you are in any doubt about the eligibility of your review or the stage of progress please contact for advice.