Why join the Imperial College Library Services’ license for Covidence?

Covidence is a web-based tool that improves healthcare evidence synthesis by improving the efficiency and experience of creating and maintaining Systematic Reviews, including Cochrane intervention reviews.

It streamlines the processes of citation screening, full text review, risk of bias and data extraction and export, all in an online collaborative environment.

The interface is simple and intuitive and suitable for students and experienced reviewers alike.

Covidence can save you time on repetitive review tasks, enabling faster review production and more time for analysis and interpretation by:

·      importing citations and PDFs from your reference management software (such as EndNote and RefWorks) and identifying duplicate records
·      allowing for single or multiple reviewers
·      highlighting keywords and offering you a simple yes/no/maybe choice when screening titles and abstracts
recording your (fully customisable) exclusion criteria and notes during full text screening
·      easily resolving screening, risk of bias and data extractions conflicts
·      automatically populating your RoB table by highlighting and commenting on text within PDFs
·      creating a customisable data extraction form.
·      exporting data into RevMan or Excel
·      keeping a record of all your actions and automatically populating your Prisma flowchart for you throughout the process 
·      allowing use on the move on your phone and tablet

Imperial College’s institutional license with Covidence gives you:

•             Unlimited records for each review
•             Unlimited number of reviewers for each review (you can add reviewers from outside college e.g. collaborate with NHS colleagues)
•             Unlimited number of reviews 

How to join Imperial College’s institutional license

To request access to Imperial College’s Covidence account, you must have an active Imperial College e-mail address.

1.            Go to this page.  
2.            Enter your college email address and click “Request Invitation”.
3.            Accept the invitation via your e-mail. 

Support for Covidence and Systematic and Research Reviews

Our Medical Librarians support students andstaff and conducting literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and other types of research reviews.
For more guidance inplanning, conducting, reporting and publishing research reviews at Imperial College, see our Systematic Review Flowchart, or contact your Librarian to get 1:1 advice.

More information and useful links for literature searching and evidence synthesis can be found on our Medicine Subject Support page.

Creating a review under the Imperial College license

When creating a new review, ensure you choose the Imperial College institutional licence.

Even if you had a personal Covidence account previously, you can now use the College licence.


Getting started with Covidence

Covidence offers short video tutorials in their Knowledge Baseto help you get started with your review. See Getting Started with Covidence and Main Steps in Covidence.

You can easily access support and help guides within Covidence by clicking the 'Need help?' button in the lower right hand corner of the screen.