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. The PRISMA statement defines an evidence-based, minimal set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PRISMA should be used for the reporting of studies evaluating randomized clinical trials (RCT), and is also for reporting on systematic reviews of other types of research. There is also a function to generate flow charts describing exclusions and inclusions for any kind of study.

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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 vignettes (vignette("PRISMA"), vignette("exclusionflowcharts")) 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 1.1.0

  • Function to make generic flow charts with exclusions

Version 1.0.5

  • Added JOSS draft paper
  • fixed various build ignore and vignette issues
  • updated vignette with content from JOSS draft

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 constraints 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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1.1.1 by Jack O. Wasey, a year ago

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

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

Task views: Meta-Analysis

GPL-3 license

Imports DiagrammeR

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

See at CRAN