Covidence updates
Covidence updates

Import history now displays filenames




You might have noticed a tiny but mighty change recently:

😄 Covidence now saves and displays imported filenames 😄

Either click on View details under Import references from your Review Summary page, or on Import history from the Import tool.

For each file imported after 13 December 2022, the filename now displays above the import details.

The example shown here shows how you might use this to keep track of when your search was conducted and/or to keep track of which database you used. Let us know if you think of other cool ways to use this feature!

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Move studies through to full-text review sooner using machine learning




Machine learning (active learning) is now helping teams move relevant studies through to full-text review sooner.

When screening titles and abstracts, teams now have access to a new sort option “Most relevant”.

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This sort option uses machine learning (active learning) to identify trends in past screening behaviour on the review to determine and display the studies that are most likely to be included first. The more studies screened, the stronger the system’s prediction will be.

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Learn more here

Import effect estimates into RevMan 5

We recently launched a feature which allows you to extract effect estimates (Arm vs Reference arm) using Extraction 1.0. Now, you can import this extracted data directly into RevMan 5.

To download a RevMan 5 file from Covidence, ensure you are using Extraction 1.0 and navigate to the export page and then click on “Export to RevMan 5”.


Extraction 1.0 is designed specifically for intervention reviews, for more information on the differences between Extraction 1.0 and Extraction 2.0, read this knowledge base article.

Import completed data extractions to RevMan Web




Now, using Extraction 1.0 you can import your completed data extractions and quality assessments (Risk of Bias) into RevMan Web.

How does it work:

  • Covidence will create 4 CSVs which are in the format required to import into RevMan Web.
  • Import the 4 CSVs into RevMan Web and new studies will be added into “Included studies” with characteristics, results and Risk of Bias assessments.
  • Studies that already exist in RevMan Web will be updated with the new data in the CSVs.
  • Relevant analyses are then created by pulling in all the data stored against your included studies.

To upload data to RevMan you’ll need to use the “study-centric data” advanced feature on your review in RevMan Web. For more information, read this knowledge base article.

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New look and feel to Covidence’s navigation




We’ve given the navigation a new look and feel to improve how you move around the platform and find help.

With the new navigation you can easily:

  • Navigate to “Your reviews” by clicking “Covidence”
  • Navigate to your “Review summary” by clicking on your review name
  • Search our knowledge base or contact us using the "Need help" button
  • Keep up to date with our latest updates by clicking on the bell icon

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Extract effect estimates using Extraction 1.0




Extraction 1.0 now supports capturing effect estimates (Arm vs Reference arm). This means you will have more flexibility in how you can extract data from a study.

Effect estimates can be added for:

  • Dichotomous outcomes
  • Continuous outcomes
  • Custom measures

And can be exported into Excel (one study per sheet) or into a CSV.

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Extraction 1.0 is designed specifically for intervention reviews, for more information on the differences between Extraction 1.0 and Extraction 2.0, read this knowledge base article.

Scheduled platform outage

Please note due to scheduled maintenance activities you will be unable to access the Covidence platform on:

  • AEST: Sunday 11th Sep 1PM-7PM

  • GMT: Sunday 11th Sep 4AM-10AM

  • EST: Saturday 10th Sep 11PM - Sunday 11th Sep 5AM

During this time Covidence will be performing maintenance activities on our platform database. Your account data will not be impacted in any way.

To keep up to date on this process you can subscribe to our maintenance page or follow us on Twitter @covidence.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you have any other questions, you can always reach out to our Community team at

Help us better support our community

As a valued member of the Covidence community we invite you to take part in Covidence's Training Needs Survey.

By participating in this survey you will be helping optimise Covidence training sessions and webinars to better support our user community.

This survey closes on Thursday 1st September 2022. Thanks in advance for your time and submission!

Improved bulk PDF upload tool




The bulk PDF upload tool has been redesigned based on your feedback. It's now more streamlined and easier to use.

What’s new:

  • It’s faster. Covidence now exports a list of only the studies that are missing full texts. This saves time because review teams no longer need to compile this list themselves.
  • The design is clearer and more intuitive.
  • The workflow is split into stages and user guides are available with step-by-step instructions for the different reference managers.

Try the bulk PDF upload tool by navigating to the full text stage of your review and selecting "Bulk upload missing full texts".

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To find out more about the new bulk PDF upload tool, read this knowledge based article.

Enable/disable the RCT classifier tagging on existing reviews

For reviews being completed in the “Medical and health sciences” area, you can now enable the RCT classifier tagging functionality via the settings page.

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You can also update the type of review and area of research via the settings page.