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Covidence: Overview

Covidence is a web-based platform that streamlines the process of conducting a comprehensive literature review.

What is Covidence?

Covidence is a web-based platform that streamlines the process of conducting a comprehensive literature review. It is a systematic reviews production tool for title/abstract screening, full-text screening, data abstraction, and quality assessment designed by researchers familiar with the systematic review process in order to make conducting reviews more efficient. It is the primary screening and data extraction tool for Cochrane authors. You can lean more about systematic reviews at the Systematic Reviews Research Guide.

Covidence improves the efficiency and experience of creating systematic reviews by bundling citation screening, full-text review, risk of bias assessment, extraction of study characteristics and outcomes, and the exportation of data and references together on one platform. 

Although Covidence is a particularly useful tool within the health sciences, its structure is not exclusive. It is multi-disciplinary and can be used within any academic discipline adopting an evidenced-based practice. 


Creating a Covidence Account

To create a new Covidence account, visit the RCSI Bahrain Covidence Sign Up page and enter your name and RCSI Email account on the sign in page.   You will then receive an email inviting you to Covidence.  Click on the link in the email and click on "Create an Account."  You must complete the "Create an Account" process in order to open an account.

Once you have signed up under the RCSI Bahrain institutional subscription, you can access Covidence directly by going to


What can you do with Covidence?

More Info on Covidence

If you would like to learn more on your own about Covidence, they have additional informational resources:

Join the next Covidence webinar or view the recording of the most recent session.

Covidence YouTube Channel with informational videos on how to accomplish review tasks in Covidence. 

Covidence Knowledge Base with FAQ articles on various review tasks and Covidence news and updates. 

Help with Covidence

Individual or Group Consultations
To request a consultation or Covidence training session, please contact

Thank you

Special thanks to UF Health Science Center Libraries and UVIC library whose Covidence LibGuide content has been utilized in this LibGuide