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Literature searches

Literature searches

Authors are encouraged to demonstrate how their research informs the existing knowledge base by undertaking a structured background literature review.

Where including a literature search is appropriate the Methods section[s] should include:

  • All information sources used in identifying studies with the name of the database, the platform or provider used (e.g., OVID, PubMed, Dialog), the date of coverage and the date last searched.
  • Any supplementary sources such as checking reference lists, searching trial registries, any contact with study authors to identify additional studies and Internet searches.

Search dates must be no more than 12 months old upon first submission of the report to the Editorial Office.