The University Library have scheduled 4 upcoming online training sessions to support UoB users in June 2024 - Register and join the session(s) for free!

Covidence 101 (Introductory overview of Covidence) - Tuesday 11th June, 12:00-13:00 BST - Register Here

Screening Title & Abstract, and Full Text, using Covidence - Thursday 20th June, 11:00-12:00 BST - Register Here

Data Extraction 1 in Covidence (for those working on intervention reviews) - Tuesday 25th June, 12:00-13:00 BST - Register Here

Data Extraction 2 in Covidence (for non-intervention/all other review types) - Thursday 27th June, 11:00-12:00 BST - Register Here


University of Birmingham is excited to offer current staff, researchers and students access to their unlimited institutional licence to 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.


Already have a University of Birmingham Covidence account?
Sign in here:


How to join the UoB's institutional licence account:

You can create your personal sign-in information with Covidence before or after joining the institutional licence account. To request your email invitation to get access, you must use your current university email address  ( / / /

  1. Go to -
  2. Enter your information (using your university email address) and click the "Request Invitation" link
  3. An invitation will be emailed to you (may need to check your spam folder): Click "Accept this invitation"
  4. Sign in if you already have an existing Covidence account with your university email address or sign up for a new account (using your university email address) but ensure that you select a different password to the one you use for your University login.

After joining the University of Birmingham's licence, you will be able to sign in by visiting:


Starting a review under the institutional licence account:

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

Reviews created using the UoB 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 UoB account review, the title will appear in a separate section on your account homepage:


More about Covidence

The Covidence 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 reference management software such as EndNote (Desktop or Online), or any tool that supports RIS or other file 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. clicks. Note that University of Birmingham reviewers are cautioned to not share a review, that would provide access to the full text of articles obtained through University of Birmingham subscriptions or inter-library loan, to reviewers who do not already have the same legal access to those materials.  Please contact the Copyright and Licensing Team in Library Services if you have any questions regarding sharing these materials.
  • 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 UoB's 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


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 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 FAQ.

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

Online Support Team - contact our team for support on your review by emailing

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.