The (medical) information specialists advise on and execute the literature research for, amongst others, systematic reviews, guidelines, funding applications, PhD research, PICOs and CATs.
Why is good literature research important?
Systematic reviews establish the ‘state-of-the-art knowledge’ of a subject to serve as a solid base for care/cure and evidence-based medicine (EBM). The scientific method to establish this knowledge is a thorough and systematic literature research, without bias, in multiple sources and as complete as possible. This method must be sensitive and must be clearly presented to be reproducible. A medical information specialist is the expert in efficiently performing this research and is indispensable in this process. See for more information on systematic searches the guidelines in the Cochrane Handbook and the Standards for systematics reviews (IoM). Evidence about the beneficial role of the information specialist in literature research can be found in research by Koffel (2015) and Rethlefsen et al. (2015).
Who are our clients?
Employees and PhD-students of VU or Amsterdam UMC location VUmc. Students can only use our service if the research will be published.
What can you expect from us?
- analysis of research question
- resource/database selection
- search strategy construction
- logbook of search
- advice on bibliographic management
- responsibility for method
- as much appointments as needed to construct the full search strategy
- removal of duplicate references
- authoring methods-paragraph and tables of search strategies per source and co reading of manuscript
What do we expect from you?
- a good and clear research question and in- and exclusion criteria
- clear planning and throughput time
- acquainted with webcourses ‘A roadmap for searching literature in'PubMed' and 'Systematic Reviews'
- acquainted with Prisma Statement
- acquainted with a bibliographic manager e.g. EndNote (VU/Amsterdam UMC-licence) or Mendeley (for free)
- registration in Prospero SR register
- co-authorship for the information specialist
We request co-authorship for the involved information specialist, because he/she is responsible for the research method: translation of the research question in a search strategy and the construction thereoff, documenting this in a logbook and representation of this process in the publication. The information specialist bears the responsibility to execute the research method meticulously, complete and reproducible. In executing the method the information specialist becomes co-responsible for the manuscript for the editorial board, peer reviewers and readers. To state this responsibility clearly a co-authorship is applicable.
- review managers, e.g. Rayyan (for free), see also LibGuide Rayyan from McGill Univ. Library
- we recommend registration of a protocol in the Prospero SR register
- we promote publishing in open access journals
- we advise on journal selection
- we support research data management
- create an ORCID-id for science indicators
- contact the Epidemiology & Biostatistics department for advice on statistics, SPSS, critical appraisal
- websites with instruments for critical appraisal of studies: Cochrane Netherlands, CEBM Oxford, CASP, QUADAS 2 (diagnostic accuracy), Joanna Briggs Institute. For a not complete overview: University of South Australia
- tips and tricks for managing SRs with EndNote (PDF, in Dutch)
- overview of types of reviews (e.g. scoping review) from Duke University Medical Center Library
- tips on how to find fulltext? See also: How to get the PDF from Central Medical Library Groningen
- we use SurfDrive as cloud to exchange files. You will receive a link to the folder with the files.
Our team of Medical Information Specialists
||Johannes C.F. (Hans) Ket (coordinator literature research). Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
||Linda J. Schoonmade Msc. Mail: email@example.com|
||René H.J. Otten Msc. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Elise P. (Ilse) Jansma Msc. (coordinator education) Mail: email@example.com|
• PURE profile
||Ralph de Vries Msc. Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org|
Published research in which we are mentioned (as per 3 October 2019):
• in 204 publications as co-author (2004-2019)
• in 91 publications with acknowledgement (2011-2019)