The default setting in Covidence is dual screening mode. This means that each citation requires two votes in order to move forward in your review.

While you can have any number of people working in your team, and in fact we absolutely encourage collaboration at Covidence, only two people would need to cast their vote to move a citation forward. This is the maximum number of votes required, with the exception of resolving conflicts, where a third and adjudicating vote is required.

In dual reviewer mode, these two votes can be contributed from a different combination of two people each time! And in fact, you’ll probably find that you naturally see a random mix of combinations of voting pairs, which can be especially beneficially from the perspective of minimizing biases in voting patterns.

If you instead only want one vote to be required to move a citation forward, then you can change to single reviewer mode.

To do this, from your review dash board, go to settings, review settings, and select “1” from the relevant drop down menu. 

It’s important to note that changing this setting to “1” will cause any citations that have one vote to move forward permanently in your review! Once they’ve been moved forward they cannot be moved back in bulk.

They can however individually be moved back a stage by undoing your votes. 

You can view a short video of changing this setting here: