PRISMA endorsement by journals is typically exemplified by a statement in the journal's
Instructions to Authors indicating the journal’s support of PRISMA, typically in
the form of a recommendation to authors to adhere to the PRISMA checklist and to
use a PRISMA flow diagram in their systematic review manuscripts.
Several investigations have evaluated whether PRISMA endorsement is associated with
the completeness of reporting of systematic reviews; at least three of which have
been summarized in a recently published systematic review. The results of the review suggest that
journal endorsement of PRISMA associated with more complete reporting of systematic
reviews overall. We believe that this kind of evidence is just the sort of information
journals, editorial groups, and individuals need to help them decide upon whether
to endorse the PRISMA Statement.
If you would like to improve the reporting completeness of systematic reviews in
your journals, one of the best ways is to endorse the PRISMA Statement.
Include mention of the PRISMA Statement and reference the PRISMA website in your journal's instructions to authors
for reporting of systematic reviews, or in the organization’s resource section
Our suggested text to include in journal’s instructions for authors is as follows:
"[journal name] requires a completed PRISMA checklist and flow diagram as a condition
of submission when reporting findings from a systematic review or meta-analysis.
Templates for these can be found here or on the PRISMA website which also describes several PRISMA checklist
extensions for different designs and types of data beyond conventional systematic
reviews evaluating randomized trials. At minimum, your article should report the
content addressed by each item of the checklist. Meeting these basic reporting requirements
will greatly improve the value of your review and may enhance its chances for eventual
Fill out the form to the left and we will add you to our endorsers list
Write an editorial in the journal to this effect along with the journal's
policy on helping to improve the quality of reporting systematic reviews.
Additional resources to help journals develop editorial policies around reporting
guidelines can be found on the EQUATOR Network website