Plot Flow Charts According to the "PRISMA" Statement

Plot a PRISMA <> flow chart describing the identification, screening, eligibility and inclusion or studies in systematic reviews. PRISMA is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PRISMA focuses on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions.

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PRISMAstatement is a simple package which does one thing: generate publication quality flow charts of study inclusions and exclusions following recommendations of the PRISMA statement. See the vignette for more details.


You can install the released version of PRISMAstatement from CRAN with:



prisma(found = 750,
       found_other = 123,
       no_dupes = 776, 
       screened = 776, 
       screen_exclusions = 13, 
       full_text = 763,
       full_text_exclusions = 17, 
       qualitative = 746, 
       quantitative = 319)


PRISMAstatement news

Version 1.0.4

  • Fix minor bug in display of text in one of the PRISMA boxes
  • Added function to give an single PDF with the diagram for publication.

Version 1.0.3

  • added option of an additional box describing the (calculated) number of duplicates removed.
  • added option to customize the labels in each box
  • added numerical contraints on the inputs with errors and warnings. See the vignette and ?prisma for details.

Version 1.0.2

  • added DPI option and demonstration of its danger in vignette
  • Added a file to track changes to the package.

Reference manual

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1.0.4 by Jack O. Wasey, 8 months ago

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Authors: Jack O. Wasey [aut, cre, cph]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

GPL-3 license

Imports DiagrammeR

Suggests DiagrammeRsvg, knitr, rmarkdown, rsvg, testthat, utils

See at CRAN