It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
University of Newcastle Library Guides
Systematic review guide: 4. Screening with Covidence
Your search results will often find more articles than will actually be used in your final review. The screening process allows you to filter out those that do not meet your inclusion criteria.
Screening usually involves a minimum of two reviewers, during this process each reviewer will look through each of the studies and if any conflicts are raised they are discussed together with reference to the inclusion and exclusion criteria.
A typical process for screening includes the following steps.
Remove duplicate records from your results
Examine titles and abstracts to exclude articles that don't meet the inclusion criteria
Find the full text of relevant articles
Keep together any reports referring to the same study
Screen full-text articles against criteria for inclusion
Make any final decisions on study inclusion
Covidence is a web-based tool that streamlines the production of systematic and scoping reviews. It supports title and abstract, and full-text screening, risk of bias assessment, the extraction of study characteristics and outcomes, and the export of data and references.
Covidence is the primary screening and data extraction tool for Cochrane authors, and has recently been endorsed by the Joanna Briggs Institute.
The University of Newcastle has a Covidence site licence. To create a review: