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Covidence: Systematic review management

A web app that streamlines your systematic review process

What is Covidence?

Covidence is a web-based tool that will help you through the process of screening your references, data extraction, and keeping track of your work. It is particularly useful for researchers conducting a systematic review, meta-analysis or clinical guideline. Because it is a web-based application, reviewers can collaborate any time, any place.

How can Covidence save me time?

According to Covidence, there is "an average 35% reduction in time spent per review, saving an average of 71 hours per review." 

  • Its user-friendly interface walks the user through importing and deduplicating citations, title/abstract screening, full text screening, and data extraction.
  • It uses machine learning and keyword highlighting to quickly identify relevant citations
  • Covidence allows a fast transfer of PDFs from EndNote in a few clicks. It also automatically uploads open access studies in full text review
  • It can auto-populate risk of bias tables and PRISMA flow charts

How do I pronounce "Covidence?"

The team says the official pronounciation is CAH-vih-dens, like the city "Providence." They acknowledge that everyone says it differently, and will kindly accept any pronounciation.

Librarian support and services

New to systematic reviews?

Librarians at Sladen Library can answer questions about systematic review topics and processes. To learn more about conducting systematic reviews in general, visit our Systematic Review LibGuide or contact us.

Search support

​​​​​​​Librarians at Sladen Library can also assist with formulating and conducting the searches, reporting according to PRISMA guidelines, and exporting citations. To request librarian assistance on your systematic review, please fill out our request form.

Check out the Covidence demo below:

Getting Started with Covidence

Signing up is easy!

You can create your personal sign in information with Covidence before or after joining the institutional subscription. To request access to the institutional account in Covidence, you must use your current HFH email address ( or

  1. Click to access the HFH Self-Sign-On page.
  2. Enter your information (using your or email address) and click “Request Invitation” link.
  3. Accept the invitation in your email – check your spam folder if the invitation doesn’t arrive in a few minutes. Please also keep in mind that the link is one-time use and will expire in ~30 days.
  4. Log in to your existing Covidence account or sign up for a new account, which will automatically link you to Henry Ford Health.
  5. If you have already joined the Henry Ford Health Covidence account, then you can log into Covidence and log in with your email and password and proceed to use Covidence.

**Important access note: If you leave Henry Ford Health, you will no longer be able to create new reviews under our organizational subscription. You will still have access to your personal account and can continue to access your existing reviews. To maintain access to your research, please be sure to add an alternate email address to your account.

Covidence Training & Videos

Covidence maintains a detailed support site with walkthroughs for every aspect of your study.

Their Getting Started with Covidence page is a great place to start.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Covidence Academy is also a great resource containing useful ‘How to’ guides, step-by-step videos on Covidence features, and helpful links to additional resources.

​​​​​​​Covidence offers monthly training webinars (registration required), which you can also watch recorded at the site above or on YouTube.

Have a Covidence question?

Contact us if you have any questions about Covidence or systematic reviews in general.

Covidence offers 24-hour methodological or technical support at

Sladen Librarian

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Brianna Andre
Sladen Library
2799 W. Grand Blvd.
Henry Ford Hospital, K-17
Detroit, MI 48202