Systematic reviews (SRs) require a lot of time and effort. The SR process can take over a year to complete and reviews are often outdated at the time of publication. Furthermore, Cochrane states that reviews should be considered for updates every 2 years.
The technology itself has been around for many years, and automation tools have been used in systematic reviews for over 10 years. Use of these tools has not yet reached the majority of those performing systematic reviews.
Automation can help speed up the process for researchers, students, and librarians through many stages of the review, including searching, deduplication, screening, bias assessment, and extraction.
“Living systematic review” (LSR): systematic reviews that are continually updated, incorporating relevant new evidence as it becomes available. LSRs may be particularly important in fields where research evidence is emerging rapidly, current evidence is uncertain, and new research may change policy or practice decisions.
Living systematic reviews
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Enck, P. (2018). Living systematic reviews, not only for clinical (placebo) research. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 98, 152-153. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.01.001
Many of these tools are included in the Systematic Review Toolbox at systematicreviewtools.com
You can search by part of review or AI approach and see a list of tools and accompanying articles.