How long does it take to conduct a systematic review or systematic map?

Systematic reviews and maps are the ‘gold standards’ in evidence reviews, providing the most reliable evidence for decision-making. However, these methods take a considerable amount of time to do well. The small tasks add up…

Being able to plan the resources needed for a systematic review is crucial for ensuring your review or your grant application is a success.But just how long do they take on average?

PredicTER is a tool for estimating how long a review will take to complete. The tool calculates the time requirements for various tasks involved in reviewing evidence, from planning and coordination to quantitative synthesis and reporting. 

The tool contains default values provided by an assessment of 5 years of systematic reviews and maps published by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, but users can tailor the tool based on what they know about their own subject.


The PredicTER tool

PredicTER has been designed specifically for high quality systematic reviews and systematic maps, conducted according to the recommended standards of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. Read more about their guidelines here.

The research behind PredicTER is currently in press with an academic journal. As we fine-tune the app the default data may change a little (last update 06/08/18), but the algorithm behind the app remains the same.

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