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Dear Jenn et al

A colleague and I maintain a short evidence-based summary on the topic of peer review of searches for evidence syntheses, such systematic reviews, health technology assessments (HTAs) etc in SuRe Info (Summarized Research in Information Retrieval for HTA) at:

You will find, in the references to the above section, some references to examples of how to undertake peer review including the PRESS Checklist, which serves as an aide-memoire during the peer review process.

(PRESS = Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies).

All the best


Carol Lefebvre

Independent Information Consultant, Lefebvre Associates Ltd, Oxford, UK

Lead Convenor, Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group

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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List On Behalf Of Jennifer Monnin
Sent: 27 April 2020 15:28
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Subject: SR Q: Search String Peer Review Process

Good morning med libs!

I was hoping to gather some insight from you all about how you manage your systematic review service. We are in the beginning stages of getting ours more formalized, and a couple of us recently discussed whether we should institute a formalized peer review process for the search strings we create.

My question for you all is does your SR service have a search string peer review component? Why or why not? If you do have one, what is your process? How do you facilitate and document this process? Is it formalized or do librarians informally ask around for a peer reviewer when they need one? Do you include all librarians or medical librarians only? Follow up from that last question: does your SR service cater to health science disciplines only or do you also include the social sciences? Any and all advice you can offer would be wonderful.

Thanks in advance, and stay healthy and well in this time,

/ Jenn Monnin

Scholarly Engagement Librarian

Health Sciences Library
West Virginia University
(304) 293-1922
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