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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

Upcoming webinars

  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 16 2023; Live 4PM (GMT) - 1 hr (Friday, March 17 - 3am AEDT)
  • Register here

This free 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 to our screening stages.

We will take you through the title/abstract, & full text screening in detail. We will also give you some information about updates to our full-text retrieval features and provide a live demonstration on how to use the new bulk PDF upload feature in Covidence.

  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 30 2023; Live 6PM (AEDT)
  • Register here

What have you always wanted to ask about the PRISMA 2020 statement?

The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses are key to the success of your review project. Working through the checklist and producing a flow diagram can raise many questions. This webinar is your chance to ask them. We will be joined by guest speaker Matthew J Page, lead author of the PRISMA 2020 statement.

Please submit your questions via the registration form by Monday 13 March for inclusion in the session agenda. We'll answer as many as we can in the time available.

If time zones are working against your schedule, no worries - register anyway and we’ll send you the recording by email. This webinar is aimed at reviewers and librarians who are familiar with systematic review reporting guidelines.


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.

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.

Creating a new review in Covidence (1 min 52 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

Introduction to Covidence Extraction 2.0 (3 mins 15 secs)

Screening Titles and Abstracts (2 mins 55 secs)

Screening Features (6 mins 42 secs)


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