Systematic & scoping reviews


Covidence is an online tool that streamlines the process of conducting systematic and other types of research reviews, by integrating the process of results management, study screening, data extraction and reporting for a review team. It helps to ensure that reviews are of high quality, meeting all the requirements of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta Analyses (PRISMA) quality standards. It is also used by the two globally-leading organisations in systematic review development and output, the Cochrane Collaboration and the Joanna Briggs Institute, as well as many universities worldwide.

How to join the Curtin University Covidence institutional license

You can create your personal sign in information with Covidence before or after joining the institutional subscription. To request access to the institutional account in Covidence, you must use your current Curtin email address.

  1. Go to Signup page

  2. Enter your information (using your email address) and click “Request Invitation” link.

  3. Accept the invitation in your email – check your spam folder if the invitation doesn’t arrive in a few minutes. Please also keep in mind that the link is one-time use and will expire in ~30 days.

  4. Log in to your existing Covidence account or sign up for a new account, which will automatically link you to Curtin University.

  5. If you have already joined the Curtin University Covidence account, then you can log into Covidence and log in with your email and password and proceed to use Covidence.

How to use Covidence

Support for use of Covidence is available directly from Covidence. Some useful links for training and support:


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.

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.