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Covidence

Covidence is a web-based platform that streamlines the process of conducting a comprehensive literature review.

How do I screen title and abstracts?

Once you have imported your references into Covidence, you're ready to start screening:

Step 1. From the "Review Summary" page select the horizontal tab labeled "Title and abstract screening" and click 'Continue'

Step 2. Make your decision by voting on the Yes, Maybe or No on the right-hand buttons for each reference. If you are the first person casting a vote on a reference, then the citation will move to your 'Awaiting other reviewer' list. If you are the second person casting a vote on a reference, then it will move forward. Where the reference is moved forward to depends on its previous votes.

Step 3. Once you have screened all studies by title-abstract, your team will need to resolve all conflicts before you move on to full-text screening.

Note: 
By default, a new review within Covidence is set up in dual screening mode (more information here), so that each citation requires two votes in order to move forward in your review. These votes must be cast by a different two people each time. All voting is blinded, meaning your colleagues will be unable to see your votes until they've cast their own, and vice versa. 


Watch this video produced by Covidence titled "Screening Titles & Abstracts: "

Tips for Screening

Watch this video produced by Covidence titled "Tips for Screening"
Watch this video produced by Covidence titled "Screening features"

Troubleshooting

For more information, please refer to Covidence’s Screening support page which includes further detailed information on:

  • Screening by title and abstract
  • Full text review
  • How to undo a vote
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Tagging
  • Highlighting keywords
  • Creating and viewing inclusion criteria
  • Customizing reasons for exclusion at Full Text stage
  • Voting "Maybe"

Questions?

Click the “?” icon directly in the Covidence webpage banner (see below). 

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E-mail Covidence directly at support@covidence.org, or e-mail a UVic Librarian, mgrenier@uvic.ca.

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