Jönköping University offers current research staff access to Covidence.


What is Covidence?

Covidence is a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews. It supports citation screening, full-text review, risk of bias assessment, extraction of study characteristics and outcomes, and the export of data and references. The software is suitable for experienced reviewers working together in a team.


In Covidence can be used to:

  • Import references - Covidence works with reference managers like EndNote, Zotero, RefWorks, Mendeley or any tool that support RIS, CSV or PubMed XML formats. Covidence can automatically remove duplicates.
  • Screen title & abstract - Breeze through screening with keyword highlighting. Covidence keeps records of who voted and supports single or dual screeners.
  • Bulk PDF import - Transfer PDFs stored in a reference manager.
  • Screen full text - Decide on studies in full text. Capture reasons for exclusion and notes to resolve disagreements.
  • Create forms - Customizable extraction forms.
  • Customize risk of bias - Automatically populate risk of bias tables by highlighting and commenting on the text directly in the PDF.
  • Conduct data extraction - Extract data with a side-by-side view of the customized form and PDF. Compare the form with other reviewers. 
  • Export - Covidence exports to all the common formats.
  • Collaborate - Invite other reviewers (including external colleagues) to the project.


How to launch a review in Jönköping University licence:

1. Submit your request by emailing the following information to the account administrator paola.violasdotter.nilsson@ju.se (make sure to use your university email address):

  • Name of review (Start with initials of school, followed by the year and review name. Example: HHJ-2023-Name of review):

  • Review Type (Systematic, Scoping, Rapid, Umbrella or Literature [other]):  
  • Area of Research (Education, Medical/Health/Social Sciences, Psychology etc):

2. Once approved by the administrator, an email invitation will be sent to you to join your review (you may need to check your spam folder): click 'Accept invitation'

3. Sign in to your existing Covidence account if you already have one with your university email OR sign up for a new account (make sure to use your university email address)

Once you have successfully accepted the invitation to the review, it will appear in a separate section on your account homepage and you can then be able to invite team members to your review:

Sign into your account by visiting: https://www.covidence.org/sign_in



Covidence offers a range of available resources and support to help you along the way with your systematic review process. 

To get familiar with how a Covidence workflow works, you can try our pre-set Demo review. This will allow you to have a hands-on experience and understand the process better. You will find it at the bottom of your dashboard once you have signed in. Give it a go and feel free to explore!

Getting started with Covidence - video tutorials that guide you through the initial area to get you started.

Covidence Knowledge Base - home to all of our comprehensive articles, instructions and advice to FAQs.

Covidence Academy - combines all of our learning material into a single space. You can easily navigate to find the latest ‘How to’ guides on the different types of review processes, step-by-step video tutorials on all stages of Covidence stages, and helpful links/tools to additional resources. 

Online Support Team - contact our team for support on your review by emailing support@covidence.org

When logged into your account, you can also easily contact the Support Team and the comprehensive articles from our Knowledge Base within Covidence by clicking the 'Need help?' button in the screen's lower right-hand corner.