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Covidence: Export References & Review Data

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How to Export References & Additional Data

On the Review Summary page of your review, click the Export button at the top of the dashboard.

Select "Export" in the Review Summary bar

Covidence categorizes a review’s citations into six lists: screening, review, irrelevant, included, excluded, and those missing full text. In the References box, use the Options menu to select a list and the Format menu to specify a file type for export. Your list can be exported as a CSV or RIS files readable by most citations managers. Click Export. Wait for the file to prepare, then click Download.

Select your references- options to select a list and format to specify a file type.

To export data from extraction and quality assessment, use the Data Extraction box. Select the desired combination of data extraction consensus, quality assessment consensus, and individual data, then click Export to generate a CSV file. Wait for the file to prepare, then click Download.

Data extraction consensus


PRISMA Diagrams

To view the PRISMA diagram created after using Covidence to screen references for your review, click the PRISMA button on the main menu of your review in Covidence.

Select "PRISMA" in the Review Summary bar

If you listed your sources when importing citations, your PRISMA diagram will include the list of databases you used and the number of references from each.

List of databases with number of articles imported


If you imported references from a citation manager, your PRISMA diagram starts with duplicate removal.  To have a complete PRISMA diagram, you will need to add the number of results from each database you searched, as well as the number of additional sources you found. 

Once you have finished title/abstract and full text screening (and data extraction or quality assessment if applicable), click Download DOCX to download your flow diagram as a Word document, or click View as text to copy and paste the PRISMA data or into an editable template for PRISMA and fill in the numbers.

In the upper right corner of the PRISMA section of Covidence, click View as text to see the plain text version of your review's totals, or click Download DOCX to download a word document with your review's totals in it

There are many places articles can get lost in the review process. Remember to make sure your PRISMA numbers add up correctly!