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Covidence is an easy-to-use web-based tool that assists in streamlining the production of systematic reviews.

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On this page

  • Overview
  • Introduction to Covidence
  • Create a linked author profile
  • Instructions for adding a review
  • Instructions for adding authors
  • Other help videos
  • Support


Covidence is designed to easily import citations ready for screening by multiple reviewers. It provides keyword highlighting and records the voting of screeners. Uploading full copy PDFs is quick and easy and exclusion notes can be captured to resolve disagreements.

Covidence includes customisable data extraction forms and automatically populates the Risk of Bias tables and Prisma Flow Chart. Covidence can be used from the beginning of your Systematic Review - title/abstract screening right through to the beginning of your meta-analysis

InfoThis resource is available to all ANZCA Fellows and Trainees.

HelpIf you would like Librarian assistance with your Systematic Review/Using Covidence please tick YES in this section within the ANZCA Author Profile Invite Form. Our Research Librarian can assist with searching across databases, advice on conducting and reporting systematic reviews.

Upcoming webinars

Title: An introduction to data extraction with Covidence

Date/Time: Thursday, April 25 2024; Live 12-1AM (AEST) - 1 hr

Wondering how best to manage the data extraction stage of your review project? Sign up for this free webinar and we will walk you through the basics, including:

  • Getting started
  • Using a framework
  • Planning the export
  • Using Covidence's extraction tools to organise study data accurately

The webinar includes a live demo of the recently relaunched Extraction 1 tool for intervention systematic reviews and the chance to download our free ebook, which features advice and practical guidance on setting up for success.

What have you always wanted to ask the Covidence team about data extraction? Drop the question in your registration form and we'll try to answer it during the webinar.

Title: Extracting data with Extraction 1 in Covidence

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 30 2024; Live 8-9AM (AEST) - 1 hr

This webinar is aimed at beginners and novice users of Covidence, or those who haven’t used the software for a while and want to familiarise themselves with recent changes and updates. The target audience is researchers working on intervention reviews. We will walk you through the steps of:

  • Creating, modifying, and publishing data extraction templates in Extraction 1 
  • Managing reviewers - Extracting data from studies
  • Producing consensus data so that the final data are ready for export
  • Exporting data from Covidence

We will explain how decisions taken on the set up of the template affect the format of the export. You’ll also get tips and tricks to jumpstart your progress, as well as the opportunity to get your specific questions answered.

Duration: 3 mins 24 secs

In order to take advantage of the ANZCA Covidence subscription, it is necessary for us to send you an invite so that we can link your author profile to the ANZCA account.

  1. Complete the ANZCA profile invite form.
  2. A "You've been invited to Covidence" email will be sent to your nominated email address with 2-3 working days.
  3. Click on the Accept invitation link and link an existing Covidence author profile or create a new author profile which is linked to the account.

How to create a review (1 min 40 secs)

To begin a new review:

  1. Sign into Covidence
  2. Select the [ Start a new review ] button

  1. The Start a new review pane will appear:

  1. Input the details of your new review:
    • Enter a name in the Name your review field
    • Which account to use? = make sure to select the ANZCA - unlimited reviews leftradio button
  2. Click the [ Create Review ] button when complete

You can add authors/reviewers when you first create your review, or you can add them later by going to the Settings> Reviewers menu.

To add to a reviewer directly after creating a review:

  1. Select the Reviewers tab
  2. Select the [ Invite another reviewer ] button
  3. Enter their First name and Email address and click the [ Invite ] button

To add to a pre-existing review:

  1. Sign into Covidence
  2. Click on the review name
  3. From the menu, select Settings
  4. Select the Reviewers tab
  5. Select the [ Invite another reviewer ] button
  6. Enter their First name and Email address and click the [ Invite ] button

Nailed It! Top 5 Tips for Effective SR Data Extraction (54 mins 47 secs)

Exporting all of your review data (5 mins 57 secs)

Step 6: PRISMA (56 mins 17 secs)

Looking for more information on systematic reviews? Then checkout the Research Support Toolkit (RSTK)


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