Available Until 12/31/2024

What's Needed to Make a Literature Search Reproducible? An Introduction to PRISMA-S (Recording)

PRISMA-S is a new reporting guideline designed to help librarians, information specialists, and teams conducting systematic reviews and evidence syntheses describe their methods and results in a transparent and reproducible manner. In this session, we'll go through the 16-item PRISMA-S checklist and discuss how to use the checklist and the corresponding explanation and elaboration document to your advantage. We'll look at examples of good reporting--and reporting that could be improved in this interactive session.

This course is required for Level I of the Systematic Review Services Specialization.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • use the PRISMA-S checklist and the corresponding explanation and elaboration document
  • understand the most commonly needed PRISMA-S checklist items and will know how to find additional guidance
  • practice improving transparency of search reporting using PRISMA-S as guidance


Librarians, information specialists, and people conducting methods-based literature reviews who want to learn about best practices for literature search reporting should attend. Some familiarity with systematic review methods or the PRISMA Statement is helpful, but not necessary.




Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP, is the Associate Dean, George A. Smathers Libraries and Fackler Director, Health Science Center Libraries at the University of Florida. Previous to her position at the University of Florida, she worked at the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library, the Minnesota Department of Health R.N. Barr Library, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She is interested in systematic review methodology, particularly in reproducibility of search strategies and the librarian’s role in reporting quality, and she has published several journal articles on this topic, including the article, “Librarian Co-Authors Correlated with Higher Quality Reported Search Strategies in General Internal Medicine Systematic Reviews,” in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, for which she and her coauthors received the Public Health/Health Administration Section Research Award in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded the Estelle Brodman Award for Academic Medical Librarian of the Year.


Jonathan KoffelJonathan Koffel, MSI is currently the Emerging Technology and Innovation Strategist at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library. Prior to moving into this role, Jonathan was the library's Clinical Information Librarian and worked closely with systematic review teams to create comprehensive and reproducible search strategies. His research has looked into how often systematic review authors collaborate with information professionals and (with Melissa Rethlefsen) how often systematic reviews include well-reported and reproducible searches. He is a founding member of the PRISMA-S Group.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

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