Systemic reviews published in the medical journals are highly read and sought after by the readers; however, about 7% of systematic reviews are inaccurate the day they are published. Currently, there is no provision to update these reviews periodically.
It has been suggested that these systemic reviews published by medical journals be periodically updated, such as at least once a month with the latest developments in the respective field. Since these reviews are UpToDate with the current research, these are called Living systemic reviews.
Once these reviews are updated, they are usually published online only with connotations showing the revision and the date it was revised.
Editors can choose to review them internally or get them checked through their peer review system. This depends on the amount of new information added to the manuscript.
The main burden of doing this fall on the authors, and they should be willing to do the needful.
One drawback of these Living, systemic reviews is that they can be Indexed once, and updated indexing is not possible continuously.
Vikram Dogra, MD, FACR, FAIUM.FSRU, FSAR, FESUR and FRSM
Editor in Chief, Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
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