Systematic Reviews

Elevating the quality of Systematic Reviews and Evidence Reviews produced at the University of Utah

Evidence Review Services - ULibraries

Our CTSI Systematic Review Core (SR Core) and ULibraries Evidence Review Team provide consultations and collaborations with researchers engaging in systematic, scoping, and other evidence synthesis reviews. We tailor our assistance to meet the needs of the review team to develop a high-quality manuscript following sound methodology detailed in an a priori protocol.

Please Note:  Our Evidence Review and SR Core Team is at capacity. We will begin activating new projects in September 2024. We activate projects in our queue in the order received. 

Submit a request for collaboration for our services via either portal listed below.  Your project will be added to our queue for email follow-up.

Librarian authors

Librarians are included as authors on systematic review publications based on their contributions to the review:

  • Developing the a priori protocol
  • Designing and conducting literature searches
  • Documenting and reporting  search methods
  • Writing the search methods section of the protocol and the paper

These constitute a major scholarly contribution to the evidence review.

We adhere to authorship criteria from the  a) International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) author roles and contributions and b) University of Utah Regulations: Policy 7-020: Determining Authorship in Scholarly or Scientific Publications


Rethlefsen ML, Farrell AM, Osterhaus Trzasko LC, Brigham TJ. Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. Jun 2015;68(6):617-26. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2014.11.025  PubMed

Involve a Librarian

Rethlefsen ML, Murad MH, Livingston EH. Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles. JAMA. 2014 Sep 10;312(10):999-1000. PubMed PMID: 25203078