This years SysNet Conference took place on 4th June 2014, enticing systematic reviewers and those working in the systematic reviewing field from around the country to attend. As a former Information Specialist at NICE I attended with keen interest. This year saw many interesting speakers and poster exhibitions. Jon Bassey tackled the subject of rapid reviewing in his talk ‘Systematic Reviews: I’m confused!!’ His opinions expressed on the Cochrane Collaboration, in particular the length of time taken to produce a Cochrane review, stimulated much conversation over lunch; is the prestige given to systematic reviews synonymous with the lengthy process involved?
Faraz Ali also gave a unique insight into the challenges of completing a systematic review as a young researcher. He highlighted how helpful the SysNet training can be. As well as using the knowledge of your subject librarian, SysNet is a valuable resource for those requiring assistance with undertaking a systematic review.
Training to help with systematic reviewing can be found here.