Librarians at the University of Westminster can assist with planning, conducting, and reporting systematic reviews and other types of research reviews. To learn more about conducting systematic reviews at University of Westminster, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

 How to join the University of Westminster Covidence institutional license

You can create your personal sign in information with Covidence before or after joining the institutional subscription. To request access to the institutional account in Covidence, you must use your current University of Westminster email address ( or  

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your information using your or email address and click on “Request Invitation"
  3. Accept the invitation in your email
  4. Log in to your existing Covidence account or sign up for a new account
  5. If you have already joined the University of Westminster Covidence account, then you can log into Covidence and log in with your email and password and proceed to use Covidence  

Creating a review using the University of Westminster unlimited license

When creating a new review, ensure you choose the University of Westminster institutional licence. 

Even if you had a personal account previously, you can now use the University licence. 

Note: Reviews created under the institutional license will be visible to the administrators of the University of Westminster Covidence account. Your personal account review(s) will only be seen by you.

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

Getting started with Covidence

Covidence offers short video tutorials in their Knowledge Base to help you get started. See Getting Started with Covidence and Main steps in Covidence. You can also join the Covidence 101 monthly training webinar

Logged into your Covidence account and need help? Click the question mark in the upper right hand corner to access support.

What can you do in Covidence?

Import citations: Covidence works seamlessly with your favourite reference managers like EndNote, Zotero, Refworks, Mendeley or any tool that support RIS or PubMed formats. 

Screen titles and abstracts: Breeze through screening with keyword highlighting & a lightning quick interface. Covidence keeps full records of who voted and also supports single or dual screeners. You can even do it on your mobile when you have a few spare minutes. 

Upload references: 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. 

Do Data extraction: Save time and reduce reworks with the flexibility to create custom templates to suit your needs, extract your data however you need it, and keep everyone on the same page during the process.

Risk of Bias: Automatically populate your risk of bias tables by highlighting and commenting on text directly in your PDF. No more cut and paste. 

Export: Covidence exports to all the common formats so you can continue your review in your preferred software.