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Open Access Editorial

Why prospective registration of systematic reviews makes sense

Lesley Stewart1*, David Moher2 and Paul Shekelle3

Author Affiliations

1 Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York, Heslington, York, UK, YO10 5DD

2 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Clinical Epidemiology Program, 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6, Canada

3 Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3208, USA

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Systematic Reviews 2012, 1:7  doi:10.1186/2046-4053-1-7

Published: 9 February 2012

Abstract

Prospective registration of systematic reviews promotes transparency, helps reduce potential for bias and serves to avoid unintended duplication of reviews. Registration offers advantages to many stakeholders in return for modest additional effort from the researchers registering their reviews.