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Scoping Reviews

A guide to conducting evidence syntheses using scoping review methodology.

Protocol Development

While there is no official template to develop a protocol for scoping reviews, consider developing your protocol using items 1 and 3-13 from PRISMA for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) checklist. This page contains resources to help your team develop a protocol using the PRISMA-ScR. The item numbers in parentheses refer to the relevant sections of the PRISMA-ScR checklist.

Note: the resources referenced are examples and may not work for your scoping review. Talk to your liaison librarian for more information or to set up a consultation.

View the Statement/Explanatory paper and Tip Sheets here to learn more about each checklist item.

  • Tricco, AC, Lillie, E, Zarin, W, O'Brien, KK, Colquhoun, H, Levac, D, Moher, D, Peters, MD, Horsley, T, Weeks, L, Hempel, S et al. PRISMA extension for scoping reviews (PRISMA-ScR): checklist and explanation. Ann Intern Med. 2018,169(7):467-473. doi:10.7326/M18-0850.