University of Salford is excited to offer current faculty, staff and students an unlimited institutional 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 University of Salford 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 University of Salford institutional account:
- Request an invitation to the University of Salford’s Covidence subscription using your university email address (@salford.ac.uk / @salford.edu.ac.uk / @edu.salford.ac.uk) via the self-sign-up link* (located further down this page)
- An invitation will be emailed to you (may need to check your spam folder): click Accept this invitation
- Sign in to your existing Covidence account or sign up for a new account (using your university email address)
After joining the University of Salford 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. The naming convention for a review should be as follows -
'Univ. of Salford School Initials_Year_Module Code or MRes/PhD/STAFF_Review title'.
Example of School of Health and Society
SOHAS_2022_STAFF_Comparing midwife-led and doctor-led maternity care
4. Under 'Which account do you want to use?", make sure to select "University of Salford"
- Reviews created using the University of Salford 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 University of Salford account review, the title will appear in a separate section on your account homepage:
*SELF-SIGN-UP LINK - https://app.covidence.org/organizations/50G_3/signup
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. 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.
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.