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Good review practice: a researcher guide to systematic review methodology in the sciences of food and health

Supportive and automation tools

Supportive and automation tools 

There are various free and subscription-based tools to help with conducting a systematic review. Many of these tools are designed to assist with the key stages of the process including title & abstract screening, data synthesis, and critical appraisal. Some are designed to facilitate the entire process of review including protocol development, reporting of the outcomes and help with fast project completion. Some of the most well-known tools are listed below. 

Covidence

An online program developed for conducting systematic reviews in healthcare research. It is a core component of the Cochrane toolkit for review production. Access is free for Cochrane authors and Cochrane provides a free trial to other researchers in healthcare.

https://www.covidence.org/home

EPPI-Reviewer

The online tool of the EPPI-Centre known for evidence synthesis within social careeducation, and environmental contexts. It can be used to screen, and code literature through a systematic review but also provides more sophisticated features for thematic synthesis and data analysis. 

http://eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/Default.aspx?alias=eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/er4

CADIMA

An online tool originally designed for conducting SR process in agriculture and is introduced by the authors to be the only SR tool which supports the entire process of SR in non-medical research from protocol development to management of critical appraisal process. It is designed to help structure and document the literature search. The software allows for statistical analysis of the collated data using the R program.

SR Toolbox 

A web-based catalogue of various tools including software packages which can assist with single or multiple tasks within evidence synthesis process. Researchers can customise their search by choosing approach, cost, discipline, and adding support features to find tools they need for their type of research.

You can find out more information about the tools available to carry out systematic reviews by reading this blog on the IFIS website.