New location of import and export tools

We’ve expanded the import tool and moved the export tool.

Now you can view previous imports and import new files directly from your review dashboard.

This is only the beginning of some exciting changes that we are making to our importer. Please continue to watch this space for more updates!

Update to the Bulk upload PDFs tool

If you're on a paid or Cochrane review, you'll notice that we've moved the bulk PDF importer (beta) from the import studies tool to the top of your list of studies for full text review.

PRISMA flow diagram

Covidence has always automatically populated your PRISMA flow diagram. This includes calculating the number of duplicates automatically detected by Covidence, as well as showing the reasons for exclusion at the full text review screening stage.

Rather than accessing this using the Export studies tool, you can now access your PRISMA flow diagram directly from your review dashboard page. Just click on the icon located at the top right of screen!

Data Extraction improvement - data handling

We've made some recent improvements to the handling of data entered into Data Extraction.

You might now notice that there is no default number of decimal places, and if you delete data from a cell it won't default to a zero value.

Got any ideas on other improvements that we could make? Contact us through our support channel.

Improved display of studified references

At Covidence we’ve created the term ‘studified’ to refer to references that have been grouped together because they are referring to the same study.

We understand how important your time is, so if you’ve studified your records externally we’ll make sure these are maintained. Let’s cheers to fewer references to screen!

This happens specifically if you’ve studified records using the ‘NS’ field in your RIS file.

If you import a studified reference, it will automatically be grouped together with its associated references, depending on where they already are in your review. In other words, the reference will be moved forward in your review without the need for you to screen it again.

We’ve also made some subtle changes to the way in which studified records will now be displayed. As you can see below, actions such as undoing votes, viewing history and viewing notes are all on a per study basis, as opposed to per reference.

Bulk PDF Upload feature

The bulk PDF Import tool enables you to upload all of your full text review PDFs at once.

To access the feature you might need to upgrade your account (given the additional user support, this feature isn’t available on free trial reviews).

Once the feature is enabled, upload your PDFs in bulk from the ‘Import PDFs’ page in the Import studies tool, according to these simple steps.

Custom data extraction fields for Identification, Methods and Population sections

Under the parts of the data extraction form for Identification, Methods and Population you can now add any number of new fields!

You can read more about using these at our Knowledge Base.

Support custom Study Designs

You can now input absolutely any type of study design in your data extraction forms!

Under the Methods section, either choose one of our pre-programmed options, or opt for “other” and type a design of your choice.

You can read more about this new feature at our Knowledge Base.

Collect overall and per-arm baseline characteristics

Previously Covidence allowed you to collect baseline characteristics data by intervention arm or overall. We had heard from some of our users that it would be more useful to be able to collect data both by intervention arm and overall so we’ve made the change!

Custom Effect Measures

If the results in your study are in a format not represented by one of our standard options, you can now create new custom effect measures! These can be in any format and have any number of variables.

Just so you know, these won’t currently export to RevMan, but they definitely will export to Excel/CSV.

You can read all about this new feature at our Knowledge Base.

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