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Literature Reviews in the Health Sciences: Systematic Review Tools

Tools

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Free

Revman (from the Cochrane Collaboration) - for protocol documentation, either linked to Cochrane or standalone application on a personal computer

Rayyan - primarily supports title and abstract screening; free; easy to use but relatively simple functionality

Abstrackr - only useful for screening; free; easy to use but limited functionality

 

Subscription or Purchase Models

DistillerSR - citation management to data analysis; subscription-based (moderate to expensive, discounts for Cochrane reviews); supports all kinds of systematic reviews; a bit more complex to use but excellent help support

Covidence - citation management to data analysis; subscription-based (relatively inexpensive; free for Cochrane reviews); designed for systematic reviews of interventions based on RCTs; easy to use