Improving the quality of toxicology and environmental health systematic reviews:What journal editors can do

Whaley, P. and Blaauboer, B.J. and Brozek, J. and Cohen Hubal, E.A. and Hair, K. and Kacew, S. and Knudsen, T.B. and Kwiatkowski, C.F. and Mellor, D.T. and Olshan, A.F. and Page, M.J. and Rooney, A.A. and Radke, E.G. and Shamseer, L. and Tsaioun, K. and Tugwell, P. and Wikoff, D. and Woodruff, T.J. (2021) Improving the quality of toxicology and environmental health systematic reviews:What journal editors can do. ALTEX, 38 (3). pp. 513-522. ISSN 1868-596X

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Abstract

Systematic reviews are fast increasing in prevalence in the toxicology and environmental health literature. However, how well these complex research projects are being conducted and reported is unclear. Since editors have an essential role in ensuring the scientific quality of manuscripts being published in their journals, a workshop was convened where editors, systematic review practitioners, and research quality control experts could discuss what editors can do to ensure the systematic reviews they publish are of sufficient scientific quality. Interventions were explored along four themes: setting standards; reviewing protocols; optimizing editorial workflows; and measuring the effectiveness of editorial interventions. In total, 58 editorial interventions were proposed. Of these, 26 were shortlisted for being potentially effective, and 5 were prioritized as short-term actions that editors could relatively easily take to improve the quality of published systematic reviews. Recent progress in improving systematic reviews is summarized, and outstanding challenges to further progress are highlighted.

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Journal Article
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ALTEX
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158764
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24 Aug 2021 11:19
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