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Systematic reviews: Covidence and other Screening tools

Screening tools & review platforms

  • Covidence
    Institutional licensed review platform.
  • Rayyan
    Web-screening tool, with different pricing options. Free version is good, even with the limited choice of features
    Guide: Rayyan Youtube
  • Cadima
    CADIMA is a free web tool facilitating the conduct and assuring for the documentation of systematic reviews, systematic maps and further literature reviews.
    Cadima Youtube
    Cadima Youtube 2
  • EPPI reviewer
    Software used for all types of reviews, including literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyzes and narrative reviews.
    The system is developed by The EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit for UCL Institute of Education, University of London. 
    Licensed, UCPH does not have access.
  • DistillerSR
    AI-powered review platform that automates the review process claiming faster project completion and transparent, audit ready results. Developed by Evidence Partners, Canada.
    Licensed, UCPH does not have access.
  • Silvi.ai
    Silvi is an end-to-end screening and data extraction tool supporting Systematic Literature Review and Meta-analysis. Flexible text tagging and data export functionalities. Useful for qualitative reviews as it also supports an inductive approach to text analysis as well as the expected workflows in the traditional systematic review process.
  • SR ToolBox
    The Systematic Review Toolbox is a free web-based catalogue of tools that support various tasks within the systematic review and wider evidence synthesis process across many different disciplines. Edited and maintained by a small team of researchers from the Evidence Synthesis Group at Newcastle University and the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield.

Screening tools & review platforms

Screening tools and review platforms help you with the either the screening process or the entire review process.

Create a project, upload your references, preferably from your reference manager, state the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the study guiding the review (and preferably published in a research protocol) and invite your review team to evaluate the eligibility of the studies. The first phase of the screening process is on the level of title, the next abstract and finally “full‐text” screened and eventually included in the review.

At the end of the screening process a PRISMA flowchart can be automatically generated.  

Covidence - UCPH access

Covidence is a cloud-based review platform that helps you import up to 100,000 references, sort your references, attach PDFs and allows integration with reference managers. Covidence supports the screening process, and allows screening on your mobile. Further, you can automatically populate your risk of bias tables by highlighting and commenting on text directly in your PDF and export a single, machine-readable file that easily integrates into all the common statistics packages,

Students and researchers affiliated UCPH have full access to Covidence.

  1. Create a profile and free trial at Covidence. Use your KU mail.
  2. Contact KUB Systematic Review Service here for full access to Covidence. Please state that you have created a profile and free trial (Step 1), your faculty, institute/study programme and KU mail.
  3. You will recieve an invitation from Covidence. Accepting the invitation gives you full access.
  4. Choose "University of Copenhagen" when you create your review(s).

Covidence offer a free trial, where anyone can create up to one review with maximum 500 references.


 is a licensed cloud-based review platform.
Students and researchers affiliated UCPH will have access from Autumn 2021.
Contact the SR service at the university library here for more information: KUB SR Service


Get help with Covidence

How to get started with Covidence

Courses at the faculty libraries