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Systematic Reviews: Data Management

This guide provides an overview of the systematic review process.

Software Programs for Systematic Reviews

Program Developer Cost Functions
Covidence The Cochrane Collaboration Free for first review up to 500 references
  • Import references, exclude and include articles
  • Automated backup and encryption
  • Built in checklists to reduce risk of bias
  • Seamless connection with programs like EndNote, RevMan, etc.
DistillerSR Evidence Partners $$
  • Create forms for protocol design and exclusion/inclusion criteria
  • Built in reports including PRISMA
  • Built in data cleaning, reporting, and exportation
  • Seamless connection with programs like EndNote, RevMan, etc.
  • Assign reviewers, monitor progress, and view user metrics
EPPI-Reviewer ePPI Centre $$
  • Import search results and manage references
  • Classify studies and export data
  • Template for tables of study characteristics
  • Builtin tools to synthesize data
  • Export extracted data to other programs for analysis
Rayyan Qatar Computing Research Institute FREE
  • Import article citations and track, include/exclude, label, and filter references
  • Invite collaborators and reviewers
  • Export extracted data to other programs for analysis
RevMan The Cochrane Collaboration FREE
  • Open Systematic Review Data Repository/li>
  • Template for table of study characteristics and comparisons
  • Tools to synthesize data
  • Graphical display of results
SRDR Brown University Evidence-based Practice Center for AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Free to registered users who complete training
  • Power, easy to use tool for data extraction, management, and archiving
  • Storage of extracted systematic review data
SUMARI Joanna Briggs Institute $$
  • Import search results and track included and excluded references
  • Customizable forms to extract study data
  • Tools to synthesize data
EndNote Clarivate Analytics Free for UK faculty, staff, and students
  • EndNote is a Citation Management program that allows users to manage citations and cite while writing in Word.
  • Import references from library database
  • Deduplicate references
  • Share library with multiple users
  • Since EndNote is not a SR program, it does not have automated blinding or exclusion/inclusion capibilities

Developed from: Augustus C Long Health Sciences Library. (N.A.). Software programs for preparing and maintaining systematic reviews. Retrieved from: