Software to Support the Systematic Review Process


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This training course will take place in 2021.


Systematic reviews can be time consuming, logistically challenging and labour intensive. These and other challenges have led to the development of various special-purpose software tools to support the systematic review production process. Such tools extend beyond the scope of more established general-purpose systems (e.g. reference managers, word processors and spreadsheet packages), which are already in wide use and, instead, aim to provide tailored support for particular review activities or the whole systematic review production process.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about special-purpose software tools currently available to support systematic reviews and to share experiences of using software in practice. The workshop will examine and provide hands-on experience with both commercial and not-for-profit systematic review management packages (including Covidence, DistillerSR and EPPI-Reviewer), as well as a range of free and commercial tools to tackle single tasks within the systematic review process (such as Rayyan, RobotReviewer and SWIFT-Review).

This Advanced Search Strategy course complements our Advanced Search Techniques for Systematic Reviews, HTA and Guideline Development course and the Advanced Search Strategy Design for Complex Topics course. You will receive 10% discount when adding two of the above courses to the basket or 15% discount when adding all three courses to the basket.

We ask that you bring your own laptops to this course. If you do not have access to a laptop, please contact Niki (Training Course Administrator).


Please click here for a provisional agenda.

Course Trainers

The workshop will consist of presentations and group work with Julie Glanville (Associate Director at YHEC), Rachael McCool (Project Director at YHEC), Hannah Wood (Senior Information Specialist at YHEC), Mick Arber (Senior Information Specialist at YHEC) and Mary Edwards (Reviewer at YHEC).


This course will be held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD.

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