Published online Mar 31, 2019. doi: 10.13105/wjma.v7.i3.66
Peer-review started: March 19, 2019
First decision: March 19, 2019
Revised: March 23, 2019
Accepted: March 25, 2019
Article in press: March 26, 2019
Published online: March 31, 2019
Core tip: Reproducibility increases the practicality of the research findings and gains the public trust in research. The ongoing developments in automation of systematic reviews, availability of pre-registration platform, dealing more with secondary data or anonymized primary data, the collaboration culture among the organizations who produce systematic reviews, and finally having an update step that mandates replicability are all reasons that systematic reviews have the potential to lead the movement toward the reproducibility among the other research designs. Meanwhile, reproducibility can help the systematic reviews to be considered as research design rather than literature review.