The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports

The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports is a refereed online journal that publishes systematic review protocols and systematic reviews of healthcare research following the JBI methodology and undertaken by the Joanna Briggs Institute and its international collaborating centres and groups. These reviews may be of quantitative or qualitative research data, text and/or opinion, relate to economic data or combinations of the above. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports also publishes the Institute's implementation reports that present the findings of projects that seek to implement the best available evidence into practice. Our content is indexed in MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus, Mosby’s Index (Elsevier) and CINAHL (EBSCO). 





As of next Monday 11th April 2016, this journal site will no longer be receiving new submissions or re-submissions after decline. If a manuscript is submitted after this date, it will be archived.

All new submissions should be made via the “Editorial Manager”, which will be the new manuscript and editorial management system (

This system will be operational from Monday 11th April 2016. Please be aware, the new system will have updated author and submission guidelines ( which need to be followed prior to submitting any manuscript to our journal.

Please note, authors with manuscripts in the existing journal site that have already received a decision from the editor-in-chief (i.e. revisions required or re-submit for review) will not be affected by this change and editorial processes will continue to occur in the existing journal site. Access to the current system, for those authors with manuscripts already in process, will be maintained directly via the journal login page at

 We appreciate in advance your patience and understanding as we transition to a new editorial system. 


Posted: 2016-04-08

New version of CReMS released


A new version of CReMS is now available at the following link:

This version is compatible with the new version of Java. If you were having issues with CReMS because of the Java updates this will be fixed with this new download. If CReMS 5.03 is working fine for you already, you do not need to download 5.04.

If you experience any issues with CReMS or SUMARI please refer to the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page first:    If you still experience difficulties, please contact the Director of Transfer Science  


Posted: 2016-03-02

Methodology for Diagnostic Test Accuracy

JBI guidance for systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy is now available from our website or by clicking here: Diagnostic Test Accuracy.  
Posted: 2015-09-24
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Vol 14, No 2 (2016)

Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription Access

Table of Contents


In no uncertain terms: the importance of a defined objective in scoping reviews
Micah D J Peters

Systematic Review Protocols

Jacqueline Wosinski, Suzanne Bouchard Cordier, Annie Oulevey Bachmann, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Blanche Kiszio
Hannele Siltanen, Virpi Jylhä, Eija Paavilainen
Hailay A Gesesew, Lillian Mwanri, Paul Ward, Kifle Woldemicahel, Garumma T Feyissa
Liv Fegran, Mette S. Ludvigsen, Hanne Aagaard, Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt, Thomas Westergren, Elisabeth OC Hall
Coraline Stormacq, Jacqueline Wosinski, Stephan Van den Broucke
Adriana Coelho, Vitor Parola, Daniela Cardoso, Miguel Escobar, João Apóstolo
Stephen Wright, Richard Wiechula, Paul McLiesh
Valerie Sheach-Leith, Audrey I Stephen

Systematic Reviews

Anja Braet, Caroline Weltens, Walter Sermeus
Leslie Rittenmeyer, Dolores Huffman, Michael Alagna, Ellen Moore
Sonia Hines, Joanne Ramsbotham, Fiona Coyer
Poh Chi Tho, Emily Ang

Implementation Reports

Yu Chen, Li Zhu, Fei Xu, Jen Chen