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Systematic Review Guide

Covidence Screening Application

Covidence is a screening and data extraction tool for conducting systematic reviews. It allows screening to be more efficient and easily tracked. It is available to Washington University School of Medicine students, staff, and faculty who are working with Becker librarians. 

The main steps for Covidence:
1. Upload search results as an RIS file
2. Covidence will automatically deduplicate records
3. Screen abstracts for relevancy by two or more reviewers
4. Screen full text using inclusion and exclusion criteria
5. Resolve disagreements
6. Complete data extraction after customizing templates
7. Conduct risk of bias assessment
8. Export data into RevMan or Excel

Access

Starting a project with a librarian

  1. Submit a SR Search Request form. Click “yes” for the question “Do you want to use Covidence?”
  2. A librarian will contact you to discuss the search strategy.
  3. When the search is completed, the librarian will upload the search results into Covidence. They will open your project and invite you to it using your wustl email.
  4. Accept the invitation in your email – check your spam folder if the invitation doesn’t arrive in a few minutes. Please also keep in mind that the link is one-time use and will expire in ~30 days
  5. Sign up for a new account, which will automatically link you to WUSOM.
  6. You can then invite other members to join your project under Settings > Reviewers.

Already have a Covidence account?
If you have used Covidence in the past, you likely have an account already. You can use the library’s subscription with the same account as long as you used your wustl email address. To request access to the institutional account in Covidence:

  1. Send an email request to the Becker Library Staff at AskBecker@wustl.edu using the same wustl email under your existing account.
  2. An invitation will be generated and sent from Covidence if the library staff invite you
  3. Accept the invitation in your email using your existing Covidence log-in email – check your spam folder if the invitation doesn’t arrive in a few minutes. Please also keep in mind that the link is one-time use and will expire in ~30 days
  4. After clicking the link “Create new review” you will have the option to use your personal account license or select the WUSOM account.
  5. You can then invite other members to join your project under Settings > Reviewers.
  6. Upload the citations for screening as an RIS file. Details for ensuring file compatibilty are available on the Importing references for Covidence page

 

Tutorials