BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our collection on Systematic Reviews on infectious diseases.
During the last decades, our society has been experiencing a constant increase in research output, resulting in the need to compile, evaluate and reassess our clinical knowledge. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses can be powerful tools able to offer a comprehensive overview of the available clinical evidence, point out research gaps in our current understanding, and be the base for decision-making in health policies.
We welcome Systematic reviews and meta-analysis submissions covering all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis, and management of infectious and sexually transmitted diseases in humans, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. The collection will not consider reviews of in vitro studies.
As with any other research article, it is crucial that systematic reviews follow a robust study design and scientifically sound methodology. Therefore, all submissions to this collection must comply with the following minimal requirements:
PRISMA GUIDELINES: The authors must submit a populated checklist and figure from the relevant reporting guidelines, including the PRISMA checklist and Flowchart Diagram or the most appropriate PRISMA extension for variations to the standard Systematic Reviews methodology. The flow diagram should be included and referenced in the main body of the text, and the checklist should be provided as an additional file. A Word file of the checklist and flow diagram can be downloaded here.
Registration of the Systematic Review: Be registered, ideally prospectively, in an online database such as PROSPERO, INPLASY, Research Registry, OSF Registries, or another registry dedicated to Systematic Reviews.
BMC Infectious Diseases also strongly encourages that all datasets on which the conclusions of the paper rely should be available to readers. We encourage authors to ensure that their datasets are either deposited in publicly available repositories (where available and appropriate) or presented in the main manuscript or additional supporting files whenever possible. Please see Springer Nature’s information on recommended repositories.