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Treadwell's Service for Systematic, Scoping and Other Reviews

Resources for conducting review projects

Service status

We are currently accepting requests for review projects. Fill out our intake form to get started and a librarian will be in contact. 

What services does Treadwell offer?

Treadwell offers two service levels for comprehensive reviews. These projects include but are not limited to: systematic reviews (without or without a meta-analysis), scoping reviews, rapid reviews and integrative reviews.

The level name reflects the credit the librarian will receive for their intellectual contribution to the project. Involving a librarian is widely recommended by major research organizations.

Acknowledgement Level

We complete part of the literature search.

  • Hour-long consultation meeting
  • Create a search for one of the required databases (Medline)
  • Suggest databases for extending the search 

Co-authorship Level

We perform the entire literature search.

  • All acknowledgment level services
  • Fill out sections in the protocol relating to the search
  • Create searches for all required databases
  • Deduplicate and upload results into Covidence 
  • Create PRISMA-compliant methods section and appendix
  • Review manuscript and draft responses to peer reviewers or editors 

I'd like a librarian to review my search

Peer reviewing a Medline search will amount to acknowledgment credit. For databases in addition to or other than Medline, we will recommend our co-authorship level.

I'm writing a narrative review

Are you completing a non-comprehensive project such as a critical or narrative review? If so, you can contact us here and a librarian will be in touch.

I'd like to be taught how to complete a review search

We have a self-paced module on how to design and execute a literature search for any review. The course is available for enrollment below. You'll need to sign in using your MGB username and password:

What are our policies?

  1. First author or project lead must be a full-time MGH employee.
  2. We require active involvement from the lead or leads of any project. 
  3. The service will not be available if maximum capacity has been reached.
  4. The librarian retains the right to change tiers to accurately reflect the work being conducted, as well as refuse co-authorship.
  5. If you request more than one project, they will be worked on sequentially. 
  6. Out of consideration for the other teams waiting for our help, if we do not receive timely responses from your team, your project may be placed on temporary hold.
  7. Credit must be given to the librarian for their work on the project.