Important information on reporting systematic review and meta-analyses: PRISMA 2020 updated guideline

PRISMA is a recognised tool designed to improve the quality of reporting primary systematic review and meta-analyses. It is used widely by researchers, staff and students in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Updates to PRISMA, including the statement, checklist and flow diagram were published earlier this year. The Library is working on updates to our website and associated guides to reflect these changes.

For the time being we will continue to provide our guidance on using the 2009 flow diagram.

We will also consult with academic departments within the school on how our support should develop in response to the new guideline.

If you need to access the new PRISMA documents you can find them on the PRISMA website. For more detailed information on PRISMA 2020 including how it was developed, how to use it and exemplars the following articles are helpful:

BMJ (OPEN ACCESS) Page, M. J. et al. The PRISMA 2020 statement: An updated guideline for reporting systematic reviews. BMJ 2021;372:n71, doi:

BMJ (OPEN ACCESS) Page, M. J. et al. PRISMA 2020 explanation and elaboration: updated guidance and exemplars for reporting systematic reviews. BMJ 2021;372:n160, doi: Continue reading

New journal archives from JISC Collections

The Library has signed agreements with JISC to provide access to the following archives at no extra cost to the University.  Access is available until 31st May 2013.

The Brill Journal Archive:
( contains 57,263 articles and includes one of the world’s oldest academic journals on Chinese studies, T’oung Pao.

The Periodicals Archives Online: JISC Collections Selection
( contains 288,006
articles and includes works such the anonymous article in Foreign
Affairs which defined US foreign policy throughout the Cold War.


The Taylor & Francis Geography, Planning, Urban & Environment Archive
( contains 20,000 articles and includes journals by some of the foremost professional membership organisations in the field of planning, the environment and architecture: Royal Institute of British Architects and the Association of European Schools of Planning.