Covidence - streamline your systematic review

Our medical librarians, Penny Presta and Anne Young, recommend that researchers doing a systematic review use a new online application called Covidence which  streamlines the process.

Systematic reviews are often associated with the field of medicine, where their use fosters evidence-based research and informs clinical decisions and treatments. Covidence is a web-based program designed to assist the article screening and data extraction processes of a systematic review.

Those with a good understanding of systematic review processes will find Covidence easy to navigate. It can be used by reviewers in a variety of disciplines including health, education and the social sciences and it is a recommended tool for Cochrane authors.


Covidence is now provided free for Monash researchers. Monash users can request access using their Monash email.

Key benefits:
  • Invite multiple reviewers to work on your review in real time
  • Seamlessly “import citations” from EndNote, or other reference manager tools
  • Record screening decisions and notes so disagreements can be easily resolved
  • Simply highlight and comment directly in your pdf to automatically populate your risk-of-bias tables
  • Use customisable data extraction forms
  • Integrate with RevMan for export of data files, tables and references. Data can also be exported to Excel or CSV.
All questions about Covidence can be directed to, or by clicking the “?” icon directly from Covidence. 

The Covidence Knowledge Base contains a range of online videos and resources useful for those getting started.

To find out more about Systematic reviews read our Library blog article
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