Lund University is excited to offer current faculty, researchers and students an unlimited institutional licence to Covidence.

What is Covidence?

Covidence is an online software platform tool you can use for systematic literature reviews. It 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 interface is intuitive and suitable for students and experienced reviewers. Covidence can save time on repetitive review tasks, enabling faster review production and more time for analysis and interpretation. 

In Covidence you can:

  • Import references - Covidence works seamlessly with your favourite reference managers like EndNote, Zotero, RefWorks, Mendeley or any tool that support RIS, CSV or PubMed XML formats. Covidence can automatically remove duplicates for you.
  • Screen title & abstract - Breeze through screening with keyword highlighting & a lightning-quick interface. Covidence keeps full records of who voted and supports single or dual screeners.
  • Bulk PDF import - Transfer PDFs stored in your reference manager to Covidence in a few clicks. 
  • Screen full text - Decide quickly on studies in full text. Capture reasons for exclusion and any notes so you can resolve any disagreements quickly, with a click of a button.
  • Create forms - Be in control and stay focused on your PICO question. Customizable extraction forms mean you only spend time extracting what you need.
  • Customize risk of bias - Automatically populate your risk of bias tables by highlighting and commenting on the text directly in your PDF.
  • Conduct data extraction - Extract data efficiently with a side-by-side view of your customized form and PDF. Then, when you are done, easily compare your form with other reviewers.  
  • Export - Covidence exports to all the common formats so you can continue your review in your preferred software. 
  • Collaborate - You can invite other reviewers (including external colleagues) to work with you on the project.
  • PRISMA flowchart - illustrates the flow of studies through the different stages of a systematic or other literature review


Why join the Lund University institutional access to Covidence?

  • Unlimited records for each review
  • Unlimited number of reviewers for each review
  • Unlimited number of reviews

Watch the 4-minute 'Introduction to your Covidence' video with steps on how to join and start a review with full access


How to join the Lund University institutional account:

  1. Request an invitation to Lund University’s Covidence subscription using your university email address via the self-sign-up link - https://app.covidence.org/organizations/a2AOa/signup
  2. An invitation will be emailed to you (may need to check your spam folder): click Accept this invitation
  3. Sign in if you already have an existing Covidence account with your university email address or sign up for a new account (recommend to use your university email as this will make it easier to affiliate with your university's licence)

After joining the Lund University subscription, you will be able to sign in from anywhere by visiting: https://www.covidence.org/sign_in


Starting a review using the university's unlimited licence

  1. Sign in to Covidence 
  2. Select “Start a new review”
  3. Under 'Which account do you want to use?", make sure to select "Lund University"

Reviews created using the Lund University institutional account will be visible to Covidence subscription administrators at the university. Reviews created using your personal account are only visible to you. 

Once you have created a review or accepted an invitation to another Lund University account review, the title will appear in a separate section on your account homepage:

Support from Lund University

Support to literature reviews from Library &ICT, Faculty of Medicine - need help with your literature review, the search strategy or tools for the review process? Researchers and PhD students can get an overview of the support available from Library &ICT, Faculty of Medicine here.

Contact Library & ICT – students and staff can post questions or contact us for an appointment.

Students and staff at other Lund University faculties contact their faculty libraries for more information on available systematic review support.


Support from Covidence

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 gain hands-on experience and better understand the process. 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 lower right-hand corner of the screen.