©2017 ROSES

ROSES

RepOrting standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses in environmental research

Without transparent reporting, even well-designed reviews will fail to show their methodological strengths, undermining their utility in decision-making contexts (Pussegoda et al. 2017)

ROSES is a collaborative initiative with the aim of improving the standards of reporting in evidence syntheses in the field of environment. At the core of ROSES is a set of detailed state-of-the art forms for ensuring evidence syntheses report their methods to the highest possible standards. Here you can find information about how to use ROSES forms for review protocols and final reports, along with detailed guidance on how to use the forms and how they were developed and published.

This website and the ROSES initiative is relevant for anyone conducting or reviewing a systematic review or systematic map. Although the forms were specifically designed for environmental topics, ROSES is broadly applicable across disciplines, including reviews that use qualitative or mapping approaches.


ROSES forms will help review authors to ensure that all relevant methodological information is reported in their review, and will help editors and peer-reviewers to critique the reliability and validity of a review.

Current version: ROSES 1.0 November 2017

Easier writing

ROSES guides you through writing your systematic review or map protocol or report

ROSES forms can be used during the preparation of systematic review and map protocols and final reports. They make it easier to write these documents by prompting the user to ensure they have included the right information with the correct level of detail.

Improved reporting

ROSES is a pre-submission checklist to ensure your manuscript contains all necessary information

The ROSES forms are a checklist of details that should be reported in review documentation. They ensure that all necessary content required by the CEE Guidelines for Systematic Reviews in Environmental Management is present and described in detail. ROSES can prevent time- and resource- consuming bounces of manuscripts before being sent out for peer-review.

Faster, better peer-review

ROSES helps peer-reviewers and editors to assess the methods in a systematic review or map

ROSES forms facilitate rapid identification of key conduct-related review information by journal editors, peer-reviewers and readers. This can speed up the time needed for a manuscript to be considered by a journal and make life easier for peer-reviewers and editors.

More transparent reviews

ROSES helps to raise standards of systematic reviews and maps by improving transparency

The ROSES forms can help to drive up the quality of systematic reviews and maps by ensuring that review authors need to report methods for major steps in the review process. This transparency makes it hard to hide substandard methods.

How to use ROSES

ROSES forms can be used during the preparation of systematic review and map protocols and final reports. They are a checklist of details that should be reported in review documentation.