Table 1: The systematic review toolbox.

Systematic Review Processes and their Tools



Research Rabbit for literature search [18]

Research Rabbit is a tool for mapping the literature. It searches prior and subsequent researches concerning submitted articles. It uses visualization, demonstrating relationships between relevant papers. The author can use the platform to share the content with the rest of the team.

Covidence for study selection [11]

Covidence is a web-based software platform managing systematic review writing. Besides study selection, it includes full-text review, bias appraisal, data extraction, and data export into RevMan.

RobotReviewer for critical appraisal of the literature [19]

The RobotReviewer is an ML system that evaluates biases in randomized controlled trial studies.

Lateral for data extraction [20]

Lateral searches for the common terms across all articles at once. It shows similar texts as search results. Lateral can automatically tabulate data from relevant articles.

GRADEpro for data Analysis [21]

GRADEpro is a RevMan extension that generates a summary of findings table. GRADEpro leads you through developing guidelines, from scoping to summarizing the evidence to generating recommendations and disseminating them while effortlessly adhering to the GRADE approach. All final recommendations can be accompanied by carefully produced and consumer-oriented presentations and interactive decision aids to share and facilitate collaborative decision-making.

Scite_ for text analysis [22]

Scite_ shows how research articles have been cited, making it easier for researchers to find and understand them. Researchers can read the context of a reference and determine whether it contains evidence that supports or refutes the citation statement. By compiling the citation statements in one location, a researcher can determine how other researchers interpreted and evaluated the article. Expert analysis and opinions on any topic can also be found by searching citation statements and claims.

Scalenut for content writing [23]

Scalenut writes content based on the keywords provided by the researcher. The contents are based on the most commonly searched websites reporting the research topic. Sentences are written within seconds. In the end, the researcher determines the relevance of the generated content.

Journal/Author Name Estimator (JANE) for journal selection [24]

JANE searches for journals, articles, or authors using the submitted abstract or title. Likewise, it identifies articles to cite. JANE searches PubMed documents to match journals, authors, or articles with your manuscript.

Zotero for managing references [25]

Zotero creates references and bibliographies. It collects, organizes, cites, and shares research sources among research team members.

Prisma Flow Diagram for managing the document [26]

Prisma Flow Diagram is an R package and a Shiny application that generates interactive flow diagrams under the PRISMA 2020 reporting guidelines. The R version has tooltips and hyperlinks to facilitate interaction. The shiny version does not require coding or R skills.