Western Libraries

Knowledge Synthesis: Systematic & Scoping Reviews


What is it?

Covidence is a not-for-profit service dedicated to improving the currency and quality of knowledge and its contribution to evidence based practice.

It is a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews and other research reviews that require screening citations and full text, assessing risk of bias, or extracting study characteristics and outcomes.

Covidence is available to all Western faculty, staff, students, and alumni.


Why use Covidence?


  • Storage of full text study reports
  • Support for duplicated, independent processes, including at citation screening, full text review, Risk of Bias, and Data Extraction stages 
  • Simple export of data into RevMan or Excel
  • Resolution of screening, Risk of Bias, and data extraction conflicts, and agreement on final consensus data 
  • Import of citations from a range of bibliographic databases and citation management software, e.g. Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero and de-duplication of study citations 
  • Automatic population of Risk of Bias tables with text selected in full text reports 


Creating a Covidence Account

First, you must create an account with your Western email.
Once you have created your account, use this link to access Covidencehttps://www.covidence.org/


After clicking the link “Create new review” you will have the option to use your personal account license or select the Western Libraries account.

Reviews created under the institutional license will be visible to the administrators of the Western Libraries 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 Western 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. All of these videos can be found on the Getting started with Covidence page.

Videos and How To's

Main Steps in Covidence

Covidence has created a number of video tutorials that guide you through the main areas of the application

Need Support?

If you have questions in relation to Western Libraries role and Covidence, please don’t hesitate to contact to Marisa Tippett (marisa.tippett@uwo.ca).

For product support (i.e. questions about how to use the resource), Covidence provides email support available 24 hours per day, and queries are usually answered within 24-48 hours. You can contact Covidence at: support@covidence.org