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Systematic review (e.g. Cochrane)

Description: A systematic review is a critical assessment and evaluation of research evidence related to a particular issue, and conducted in a systematic way following a peer-reviewed protocol or method which can be replicated. Systematic reviews are not limited to health and medical sciences but are also used in other disciplines, e.g. education, business, and environmental sciences.


  • Include the article number and the DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • The URL is not needed.
  • Page numbers are not always available in systematic reviews. Include them where available.

In-text citation

Format and layout:

Author's family name OR Authoring body (year, page number if applicable)
(Author's family name OR Authoring body year, page number if applicable)


Millward et al. (2009) review...

...was found in the review (Millward et al. 2009).

Reference List / Bibliography

Format and layout:

Author's family name, Initial(s) OR Authoring body year, Title of review, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, art. no. XXXXXXXX, DOI: XXXXXXXXXX.


Millward, C, Ferriter, M, Calver, SJ & Connell-Jones, GG 2009, Gluten- and casein-free diets for autistic spectrum disorder, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, art. no. CD003498, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003498.pub3.

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