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Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA)

The Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA) is a suite of automation tools, purpose-built to speed up multiple steps in the systematic review (SR) process. SRA tools assist with many steps of a systematic review, including searching for citations, citation screening and write-up of review findings, among others. Existing tools are being continuously reviewed and refined, and additional tools are being developed. The SRA tools are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Some of our current tools include:


  • A semi-automated tool to guide the systematic review team through the writeup of the methods section of a systematic review protocol.

  • Assists with designing the search strings to find the relevant literature to answer the systematic review question.

  • Refines the search strategy so that it is maximally efficient in finding only the relevant literature and leaving out irrelevant literature (decreases the screening workload).

  • Automatically (rather than manually) translates the search string between multiple databases (which have their own syntaxes).

  • Identifies and removes duplicate studies from search results (to decrease the reference screening workload).

  • Increases the speed of title/abstract screening by combining customizable hotkeys with a streamlined user interface to allow the reviewer to quickly include or exclude articles.

  • Detects screening decision disagreements between reviewers. This speeds up the resolution of the disagreement process.

  • Automatically finds and downloads any citing and cited articles from an uploaded set of studies, used for conducting citation searching.

  • (Login required) - Automatically writes the results of the systematic review from meta-analyses (forest plots), thus decreasing errors and time to complete the write-up.

A semi-automated tool to guide the systematic review team through the writeup of the methods section of a systematic review protocol.

90-min online training sessions

Throughout the year we present various workshops on the use of automation tools to assist with systematic reviews.
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2 week systematic reviews (2weekSR)

A 2weekSR is a full systematic review (SR) done to a high methodological standard following all the normal systematic review processes, completed in a vastly shortened time frame. The award-winning 2weekSRs combine the following elements: a team with complementary SR skills, previous SR experience, systematic review automation (SRA) tools, and agile development processes. These factors allow for the completion of an accelerated SR in extremely shortened time frames – generally in 2 weeks.

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