Available Until 12/31/2024

Peer Review and Critical Appraisal of Systematic Review Publications (Recording)

If you want to peer review systematic reviews, improve your work as a peer reviewer, enhance the quality of reviews you work on, or critically appraise the quality of reviews you read and use, this webinar is for you.

Riaz Qureshi, a faculty methodologist with Cochrane Eyes and Vision, highly experienced peer reviewer, and co-author of many reviews, will be your guide. You will gain essential skills in appraising and giving feedback on systematic review methodology and reporting and be able to expand your role as the methodological expert on a review team.

You will learn an easy-to-apply structured approach to evaluating and providing comments on systematic reviews. The heart of the approach is a simple tool developed by Cochrane Eyes and Vision to assess the methodological rigor of systematic reviews. The tool takes important and common aspects of review methods from a number of critical appraisal checklists and condenses them into five key components of a reliable systematic review.

Following a didactic presentation of concepts and ideas, you’ll join in working through a review using the Cochrane approach. You will learn the questions to ask yourself when reading a review so that you can identify key areas for effective feedback to journal editors and authors.

You’ll leave the webinar with skills in using a sound approach to quickly assessing if a published review uses generally reliable methods and is appropriate for guiding practice, giving feedback on reviews, and developing review methodologies.

This webinar is required for Level II of the Systematic Review Services Specialization.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically appraise a systematic review to identify methodological flaws and areas for improvement
  • Assess the quality of a systematic review publication to identify areas for improved clarity
  • Provide constructive comments in a structured and organized format to systematic review authors
  • Contribute to the development of review protocols


Health sciences librarians and other health information professionals who work with students, faculty, or researchers to improve their systematic reviews and clinicians and anyone who uses systematic reviews in practice.


Riaz Qureshi photoRiaz Qureshi, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Epidemiology, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver. Riaz has worked with Cochrane Eyes and Vision for several years as a methodologist on many systematic reviews and has worked with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to provide systematic reviews and summaries for their Preferred Practice Patterns (i.e., clinical guidelines). Riaz has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, many of which are related to systematic reviews or assessing the methodology and challenges of systematic reviews and primary studies. He has provided peer reviews for over 200 submitted articles, mostly for clinical trial protocols, and holds a position as a Protocol Editor at the journal Trials.

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.

MLA CE Credits: 1.5

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