Systematic Review Dataset

Published: 7 June 2024| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/hb3ty366bg.2
Judith Mutuku, Maria Yanotti, Mark Tocock, Darla Hatton MacDonald


This data was generated via an extensive systematic literature search carried out on several databases including Google Scholar, Web of ‎Science, Science Direct, Scopus, and OpenGrey, following the Preferred Items for Sys‎tematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines to estimate the abundance of microplastics in world's five oceans.


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The systematic review across ‎all specified databases (Google Scholar, Web of Science, Science Direct, Scopus, and ‎OpenGrey) was conducted between 1 October 2023 and 31 January 2024 to identify all ‎studies reporting the concentration of microplastics across the world’s five oceans. All ‎the keywords were interchangeably paired with the Boolean connectors and the truncations to identify studies between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2023.‎ The comprehensive literature search yielded a total of 7870 pertinent studies re‎trieved from five distinct databases, as follows: 951 in Google Scholar, 6541 in Web of Science, 183 in Science Direct, 185 in Scopus and 10 studies in OpenGrey. From each database, the studies were ‎exported to Endnote 20 and Covidence software for further data management.


Plastics, Systematic Review, Microplastics