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Food Science: Systematic reviews

This guide is intended to help students studying food science with basic library skills and how to use information resources

Consult our systematic review guide!

While these resources may be helpful - please have a look at our updated systematic review guide here:

Prisma: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

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The difference between systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Watch particularly at 4-6 minutes of this video where Mattias Egger sets out the differences between the two. The whole video is worth a watch if you are embarking on either!

ROSES: Reporting standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses in environmental research


Haddaway NR, Macura B, Whaley P, and Pullin AS. 2017. ROSES flow diagram for systematic reviews. Version 1.0. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.5897389


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More reading

Lockwood, C. and Oh, E.G., 2017. Systematic reviews: Guidelines, tools and checklists for authors. Nursing & health sciences, 19(3), pp.273-277. Available: 

Moher, D., Shamseer, L., Clarke, M., Ghersi, D., Liberati, A., Petticrew, M., Shekelle, P. and Stewart, L.A., 2015. Preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols (PRISMA-P) 2015 statement. Systematic reviews, 4(1), p.1. Available:

Boland, Cherry, Dickson, Boland, Angela, Cherry, M. G., and Dickson, R. Doing a Systematic Review : A Student's Guide. 2nd ed. 2017. Print. Available: Stellenbosch University Library Lower Level 001.42 DOI 

Petticrew, Mark., Helen Roberts, and Wiley Online Library. Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences : A Practical Guide. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2006. Print. Available: Stellenbosch University Library   Lower Level   300.723 PET