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Systematic Review Automation Tools - Journal Club

Background and aim

Many people in Australia are working on various aspects of automation for systematic reviews (and evidence syntheses more broadly), but we are a bit siloed. There are also multiple automation tools already in existence, many of which are listed in the SRToolbox, but no one person or team can realistically test out all of the tools to make decisions about their adoption into workflows. The aim of the Journal Club is therefore two-fold: 1) To bring together Australia-based individuals and groups working in this space, and 2) To share the workload of testing out, reviewing, and deciding whether existing automation tools should be adopted into workflows.


Anyone based in Australia who works and/or is interested in automation of systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis types. The meetings are currently limited to Australia to minimise the time-zone challenges.


We meet over zoom approximately once a month, on a Friday, 12:30-1:00. At each meeting, one person provides a brief presentation of the tool (e.g., live demo or slides), and a short discussion follows. A one-page writeup is prepared after the meeting, using a standard template.

Upcoming Journal Club


Past Journal Clubs

  • June 2021 – CitationChaser – Anna Mae Scott, Bond University
  • July 2021 – MethodsWizard – Justin Clark, Bond University
  • August 2021 –JBI SUMARI – Zac Munn & Ed Aromataris & Tim Barker, Adelaide University
  • October 2021 – CM-UCLII tool – Didi Surian, Macquarie University
  • November 2021 – Search Refiner - Harry Scells and Guido Zuccon, University of Queensland
  • February 2022 - Deduplicator - Connor Forbes, Bond University
  • April 2022 - Covidence - Anneliese Arno, Covidence
  • July 2022 - ExaCT tool – Anna Mae Scott, Bond University

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