University College Cork - School of Nursing & Midwifery is excited to offer current staff and students access to their departmental licence 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 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.


Why join the UCC - School of Nursing & Midwifery departmental access to Covidence?
  • Unlimited records for each review
  • Unlimited number of reviewers for each review
  • Full access to all the functions and features

Before you make a request, please note the following:

  1. The number of Covidence reviews available is limited.
  2. Reviews are open to students and staff.
  3. Only staff/supervisors can make a request on the student’s behalf.
  4. Only the requester will be given access. This person is then responsible for adding other team members and managing the review.
  5. Before you make a request, ask yourself:
    1. Do I only have 500 papers or less to screen and I only need one more person to screen with me?
    2. Do I have research funding that covers Covidence subscriptions?

If the answer to any of the above two questions is yes, then please do not send a request for access.

How to launch a review in UCC - School of Nursing & Midwifery:

1. Submit your request by emailing the following information to L.Leahy@ucc.ie (make sure to use your university email address):

  • Name of review:
  • Review Type (Systematic, Scoping, Rapid, Umbrella or Literature [other]):  
  • Name of student (if applicable):

2. Once approved by Dr Mohamad Saab, 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:

You will be able to 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. 

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 FAQ.

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. 

When logged into your account, you can easily access support 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.