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Background styles in systematic review articles: a cross-sectional study protocol
Shunsuke Taito
Sachiko Yamamoto-Kataoka
Yasushi Tsujimoto
Hajime Yamazaki
Toshi A. Furukawa
Novel Coronavirus
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Background: The background section of a medical journal article has the important function to communicate readers the value of the research question. However, little is known about how authors describe their "niche" to emphasize the importance of their research question. This study aims to examine the methods the authors use in order to delineate their niche in systematic reviews (SR). Methods: We will conduct a cross-sectional study. We will include Original SR articles published in top 50 journals in MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL category in Journal Citation Reports 2018. We will conduct content analysis of background sections. The primary outcome will be whether the article was published in top 10 journal or not. We will use chi-squared test and logistic regression analysis. The primary analysis will be logistic regression predicting publication in high impact journals, with covariates. Two-tailed p values will be considered statistically significant if less than 0.05. Discussion: This is the first study to investigate the influence of what to present and not present in the backgrounds section to be accepted in the highly cited journals among SR articles. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest. ### Funding Statement none ### Author Declarations All relevant ethical guidelines have been followed; any necessary IRB and/or ethics committee approvals have been obtained and details of the IRB/oversight body are included in the manuscript. Yes All necessary patient/participant consent has been obtained and the appropriate institutional forms have been archived. Yes I understand that all clinical trials and any other prospective interventional studies must be registered with an ICMJE-approved registry, such as I confirm that any such study reported in the manuscript has been registered and the trial registration ID is provided (note: if posting a prospective study registered retrospectively, please provide a statement in the trial ID field explaining why the study was not registered in advance). Yes I have followed all appropriate research reporting guidelines and uploaded the relevant EQUATOR Network research reporting checklist(s) and other pertinent material as supplementary files, if applicable. Yes We will share the data related to this study, if requested.
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