Efficiently collecting and managing research data is at the core of evidence synthesis processes. In this context, the process of exporting files from databases or reference managers is pivotal to ensure that all essential information is seamlessly integrated into Covidence. This practice is not merely about the process of exporting but also the use of export filters when exporting searches from databases.

We encourage users to select 'All fields' in the database or reference manager during the export process. Export filters are a vital component when collecting research data. They act as gatekeepers, allowing or restricting the flow of information from databases or reference managers to Covidence. The selection of export filters can greatly influence the depth and comprehensiveness of the data acquired.

Opting for 'All fields' ensures that no valuable piece of information is left behind. The efficiency of Covidence in screening and identifying free-to-access full texts depends on the presence of key fields. While 'All fields' provide an extensive dataset, at a minimum, users should select the citation, DOI, and abstract during the export process.

  • The citation holds crucial bibliographic information and is essential for screening
  • The abstract provides a concise summary of the research
  • The DOI offers a unique identifier for each reference and is used by Covidence to identify and locate free-to-access full text articles. You can also use the link to access the journal page for an article.


Should you encounter any issues regarding importing of database searches with export filters into Covidence, we encourage you to refer to our FAQs. If your specific question is not addressed within the FAQs, please feel free to contact us at , and one of our expert team members will be happy to provide assistance.