Protocols are detailed documents that:
Essentially, your protocol is the first half of your manuscript, missing only the results, discussion, and conclusion sections. Research teams register their review protocols in order to maintain transparency of process and let the world know what they're working on. Some journals will even publish review protocols.
Unlike methodological guidance that provides instructions on how to create a protocol (see above), reporting guideance provides instructions on what type of information to include in your protocol document.
Data management planning is an important part of research planning. The University of Calgary has created a guide to data management planning processes and considerations for KS projects, so Future You will have well organized, well documented project data at the end of your review. Because you never know when you might have to refer back to something...
Where you register your protocol is determined, in part, by the type of review you are doing.
see also: Guidance Notes for Registering A Systematic Review Protocol with PROSPERO
Journals that publish review protocols include:
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