From screaming to screening: An evaluation of free systematic review software Public Deposited

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  • February 22, 2019
  • Walker, Jennifer S.
  • Conklin, Jamie
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    • Other Affiliation: Duke University. Medical Center Library
  • Ledbetter, Leila
  • McCall, Rebecca C.
    • Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library
  • Moreton, Elizabeth
  • Background: Systematic reviews are a popular publication type for researchers and are increasingly used as experiential learning tools in curricula.  Systematic review software helps to expedite reviews by organizing and streamlining parts of the review process and reducing data entry.  Despite the many benefits of this software, libraries may not be able to support the purchase of systematic review tools that can cost anywhere from the price of a journal to the price of an entire database.  This study analyzes the usability of free systematic review software for use by individual reviewers or review teams and in classroom settings. Methods: Using the Systematic Review Toolbox to identify systematic review software, librarians tested several types of systematic review software by performing sample reviews.  They performed a structured analysis of the software, looking at dimensions such as learning curve, data import/export, range of functions available, ease of screening, sorting capabilities, managing full text, collaboration, and scalability. Results: Results will be presented as a poster at MAC 2017. Conclusion: Though there are many types of free systematic review software available, several have design flaws that would preclude them from certain types of use or user. This poster will compare the systematic review tools and features available in each type of software for various types of users.
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  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MAC/MLA) 2017 Annual Meeting

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