If you plan to publish an evidence synthesis, then the target publisher may have reporting standards that you need to follow. For examples, see:
- Guidance on compiling a Knowledge Summary from RCVS Knowledge, which includes a requirement for reporting the Search Strategy and the Search Outcome.
- Reporting a literature search for BestBETs for Vets.
The process of scanning the results of a database search generally goes as follows:
- Title sift – scanning all the titles your search pulls up to see if they are really relevant to your question (and discard those that are not).
- Abstract sift – reading through the abstracts from your title sift to see if they are really relevant to your question.
- Full-text sift – reading through the full manuscripts from your abstract sift to see if they are really relevant to your question.
- Studies included in your review.
Following this process you will be left with the studies to include in your review.