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Author Guide

Author Guide
Checklist - Systematic Review Manuscript

Systematic reviews analyze previously published material on a specific topic, summarize the research and draw original or unique conclusions. They do not report new or original experimental work.

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Systematic Review Rating Questions Yes No N/A
Topic:
Topic is appropriate for the scope of the Journal
Manuscript validates the body of knowledge
Manuscript adds to the body of knowledge
Manuscript builds on prior research
Comments:
Title:
The title clearly states the purpose of the article
Comments:
Abstract:
The abstract concisely summarizes the review
The abstract contains a summary of the study's purpose, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion
Comments:
Introduction:
The introduction clearly describes the purpose of the manuscript
The introduction states the problem or need
The introduction presents relevance to practice
The introduction presents relevant background material
Comments:
Review of Literature:
The review presents research question(s)
The review incorporates previously published work to address key points of the manuscript
The review provides an historical perspective of the topic
The review includes key aspects of the topic
The review provides definitions
The review states assumptions
Comments:
Method:
Discusses literature search strategies including databases used and MeSH terms
Includes rationale for inclusion and exclusion criteria
Includes level of detail required to replicate study
Comments:
Discussion/Conclusion:
The discussion incorporates previously published work to support conclusions
The discussion presents content strengths and limitations in an unbiased manner
The discussion provides a thorough analysis of the literature
The discussion addresses implications of the results for evidence-based practice
The conclusions are supported by information presented in the manuscript
Comments:
Figures and Tables:
Includes figures and tables of sufficient quality
Includes a sufficient number of figures and illustrations
Comments:
Style:
Manuscript is organized and has logical flow
Manuscript uses appropriate and current terminology
Manuscript uses appropriate headings
Manuscript is free of redundancy
Follows AMA writing guidelines
Comments:
References:
References are timely or historically significant
References appropriately support the material presented
References are sufficient
References are correctly cited in the text and reference list
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