The Knowledge Synthesis Service is for faculty, staff and currently registered students with a University of Toronto affiliation.
This service is intended for knowledge synthesis type studies such as systematic reviews, scoping reviews, realist reviews, etc. as well as grant-funded research will are intended to lead to publications.
- This service is not intended for assignments or course-related studies. Students involved in assignment or course-related research are offered our consultation service where they can meet with a librarian to discuss comprehensive search strategies of the literature.
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In the Knowledge Synthesis Service, a librarian will join your research team and:
- Create and validate the search strategies
- Translate the search strategies into the applicable databases
- Send the search strategies to the research team to be executed
- Provide guidance on searching gray literature as well as citation searching
- Write the search methodology section of the resulting publication(s)
- Review manuscript
- Suggest author-supplied keywords when submitting manuscript
- Respond to peer reviewers’ comments as appropriate
In meeting the ICMJE criteria for authorship, the librarian will be included as a co-author. The librarian may accept or decline co-authorship at their discretion.
The overall process of the Knowledge Synthesis service is:
|Librarian will acknowledge receipt of request||2 business days||Knowledge Synthesis request form|
|Librarian will meet with research team member(s) for initial consultation to discuss:
||Within 1-3 weeks of receiving request||Please note there may be more than one meeting and follow-up through email, skype, etc.|
|Upon receipt of protocol (including PICO):
||Within 3-4 weeks from receipt of protocol|
||Within agreed upon timeline|