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Systematic Reviews and Related Evidence Syntheses: Software

Software to support reviews

There are several types of software to consider when conducting a review including

  • Overall review software- can screen, extract data, and helps in reporting reviews
    • Covidence - TAMU signup link  The University Libraries now has a TAMU-wide subscription to Covidence, premiere software for managing the overall process of systematic or scoping reviews or meta-analysis. Use the Covidence link to join TAMU Libraries' account. (Guide on Covidence)
  • Citation tools: software for collecting and citing articles
  • Screening tools:software for labeling citations
    • Rayyan: Free version and paid subscription options. Helpful in sorting citations.
    • abstrackr: free citation sorter
  • Data extraction: software for collecting data from the studies
    • If not using Covidence for data extraction, consider a form creator such as Google Forms or Qualtrics.
  • Risk of Bias tools
    • JBI Risk of Bias tools risk of bias tools for randomized controlled trials, case control studies, cohort, prevalence, and more
    • Latitudes: Collection of Risk of Bias
  • Synthesis tools: mathematical tool for combining data
    • Effect size calculator: from the Campbell Collaboration
    • MetaLight: freely available application designed to support the teaching and learning of meta-analysis
  • Reporting tools: software for organizing/visualizing data
    • Covidence can provide the PRISMA Flowchart
    • Creately: free PRISMA template
    • ShinyApps: free PRISMA flowchart for 2020 guidelines- from Haddaway, N. R., Page, M. J., Pritchard, C. C., & McGuinness, L. A. (2022). PRISMA2020: An R package and Shiny app for producing PRISMA 2020-compliant flow diagrams, with interactivity for optimised digital transparency and Open Synthesis Campbell Systematic Reviews, 18, e1230.
  • Find more tools: The Systematic Review Toolbox- A catalog of tools that can be used to support the SR process.