Systematic & scoping reviews


EndNote is a reference management tool which helps you save and manage bibliographic references.

Curtin University provides a site-wide license to the software for use by all current Australian based staff and students.


Rayyan is a free web application which assists systematic review authors perform their reviews in a quick and easy manner.

Authors can collaborate on systematic reviews, maintain them over time and get suggestions for article inclusion.


Covidence is an online systematic review program developed by, and for, systematic reviewers. It can import citations from reference managers like EndNote, facilitate the screening of abstracts and full-text, populate risk of bias tables, assist with data extraction, and export to all common formats.

Covidence is a core component of Cochrane’s review production toolkit and has recently also been endorsed by the Joanna Briggs Institute.


  • Curtin University does not provide institutional support for Covidence, however information about the tool and price can be found on the Covidence site.
  • To find out if Covidence is suitable for your project, access the free trial version.
  • Covidence is free to use for those authoring Cochrane reviews.

Systematic Review Accelerator

The Systematic Review Accelerator is a suite of free online tools that helps speed up the steps involved in a systematic review. Tools include:

Word Frequency Analyser - analyses a set of relevant articles and identify the most common words/phrases that appear.

SearchRefinery - helps to modify your search strings by removing unnecessary terms.

Polyglot Search Translator - automated translation tool to assist with translating search strings across different databases.

Deduplicator - removes duplicates from search strings.

Screenatron/Disputatron - designed to allow fast abstract screening, and automatically detect screening disagreements.

MethodsWizard - assists with writing systematic review protocols.


Review Manager (RevMan) is the software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews.

RevMan Web has been designed to integrate with other systematic review software and new features and updates are added regularly. Cochrane Review authors can log in to RevMan Web to view the dashboard (all reviews) and edit reviews online (intervention or flexible reviews).

RevMan 5 is the desktop version of the software used for editing reviews not currently editable in RevMan Web (diagnostic, methodology, overviews), for non-Cochrane reviews, and for offline working. You can use RevMan 5 alongside RevMan Web if needed.

PICO Portal

PICO Portal is a systematic review platform that leverages artificial intelligence and assists with identifying relevant citations, de-duplication, screening, full-text review, and evidence mapping for systematic reviews.

SR Toolbox

The Systematic Review Toolbox is a community-driven, searchable, web-based catalogue of tools that support the systematic review process across multiple domains. The resource aims to help reviewers find appropriate tools based on how they provide support for the systematic review process.