I mentioned at the end of my first post on Stage 1 Review that I was surprised both by how many articles had no abstract and by how easy it often was to find those articles online. However, I didn’t realize this when I started reviewing but about half-way through.
I completed Stage 1 Review today. I budgeted two months for this and it only took one. Here are the counts:
An initial version of Open-Meta’s Stage 1 review software, called RCT, was written and tested last fall, but it only runs locally – that is, on the user’s computer, not on an online server.
The protocol for the Open-Meta demonstration project, Effect of daily vitamin D3 supplementation on human health and performance; protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis, has been published on PROSPERO – the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews. I thought registration was immediate, but I submitted the information on March 23 and I received notice that the registration had been accepted yesterday, April 2.
Since this project is a dissertation, I had to get the approval of my Institutional Review Board (IRB). These boards make sure you are treating your project’s human subjects ethically.
When one of my kids was about six, a friend spent a day teaching him how to ski. At the end of the afternoon she took him to the top of a short but steep hill and assured him he could now ski down it. He looked down the hill then up at her and asked, “But why?”