PRISMA Flow Diagram Generator

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A PRISMA Flow Diagram, described in the PRISMA Statement is a graphical representation of the flow of citations reviewed in the course of a Systematic Review. It looks something like this:

PRISMA Flow Diagram Example

Generating these Flow Diagrams is largely left as an exercise for the reader, though a template is provided in the PRISMA Statement. If, as often happens, you have to change your diagram or output it in an unfamiliar format for publication you must struggle with image editing tools that are poorly suited to the task or more powerful and complex then required.

Alternatively, using the form below you can produce a diagram easily in any of 10 different formats. The diagram is produced using the Open Source dot program (part of graphviz), and this tool provides the source for your diagram if you wish to further tweak your diagram.


Place all databases searched in these blocks - use the + button to add more databases.

This includes hand-searches and grey literature.

Database Name:
Date Range Searched:
Number of Citations:
Add More Databases (Maximum 26 Total)
Number of Non-Duplicate Citations:
Box Text:
Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria Applied Text:
Number of Articles Excluded:
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Number of Articles Retrieved:
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Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria Applied Text:
Number of Articles Excluded After Full-Text Screen:
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Number of Articles Excluded During Data Extraction:
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Number of Articles Included:
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Output Format(s)
Postscript (.ps)
Scaleable Vector Graphics (.svg, .svgz)
XFig Diagram (.fig)
Portable Network Graphic (.png)
GIF Image (.gif)
Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)
JPG Graphic (.jpg)
Portable Document Format (.pdf)
PostScript for PDF (.ps2)
Vector Markup Language (.vml)