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Systematic Reviews: Compiled Resources

Interested in writing a systematic review? This guide is designed to help you navigate the process.

Compiled Tools, Resources, & References

Various tools and resources are highlighted on the pages of this guide. They are compiled here with simple descriptions. Additional links and resources are listed. Most tools and resources are used for greater efficiency and more accurate tracking of information. Explore them to see what will best fit your team's workflows.


  • Systematic Review Toolbox: community-driven, searchable, web-based catalogue of tools that support various tasks within a systematic review.

  • Bibliography Managers: used to track references

  • Spreadsheets: used for more manual method of deduplicating, screening, coding, etc.

  • Rayyan: free collaborative tool used for screening

  • DistillerSR: fee-based, collaborative tool used for deduplicating, screening, coding, and overall process management

  • Sumari: fee-based, collaborative tool used for deduplicating, screening, coding, and overall process management

  • OpenMeta[Analyst]: free software used for meta-analysis

  • metafor: the meta-analysis package for R 

  • EPPI Tools: suite of systematic review tools provided by The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information

  • Abstrackr: a free web-based screening tool that can prioritize the screening of records using machine learning techniques.

  • CADIMA: a free web tool facilitating the conduct and assuring for the documentation of systematic reviews, systematic maps and further literature reviews.

  • Colandr: an open access machine-learning assisted online platform for conducting reviews and syntheses of text-based evidence.

  • Rayyan: a free web-based application for collaborative citation screening and full-text selection.

  • RobotAnalyst: a free web-based application that uses machine learning and text mining for literature screening in systematic reviews.

  • Covidencefee-based, collaborative tool used for deduplicating, screening, coding, and overall process management.

  • Covidence Academy: a tutorial website for using the Covidence systematic review tool.

  • SWIFT Active Screener: a subscription-based online collaborative systematic review software application.

  • Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR): a freely accessible collaborative, web-based repository of systematic review data.


  • Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (step-by-step guidebook)

  • PRISMA Statement (see checklist and flow diagram)

  • PROSPERO: an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development

  • Campbell Collaboration: an international network publishing high quality, transparent and policy-relevant evidence synthesis and maps in the social sectors.

  • Cochrane Registry: an independent international not-for-profit organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide.

  • OSF Registries: a scholarly repository built for sharing, searching, and aggregating registrations of research.

Things to Consider