A protocol is the roadmap for your systematic review. You will develop your protocol at the very beginning of the process, before you begin your searches. Your protocol may change as you go through your review but it is important to create a thorough protocol to help guide your research process. Yes, you can edit the protocol once it has been submitted. Just submit an amendment to the protocol.
According to the PRISMA Standards:
1. Introduction detailing:
A good methods section is narrative.
It will describe:
You should also include at least one copy and pasted search.
The exact search string will be included in the appendix.
It is recommended that you register your systematic review protocol prior to conducting your review. This will improve transparency and reproducibility, but will also ensure that other research teams do not duplicate efforts.
A protocol documents the key points of your systematic review. A protocol should include a conceptual discussion of the problem and include the following:
If you are working with the Cochrane or Campbell Collaborations, you will publish your protocol with those organizations. If you are working independently, consider registration with: