Take note on the following points before screening search results:
There are two stages of screening of papers:
► Title and abstract screening:
Each reviewer will need to read titles and abstracts of the papers to see if they match the inclusion & exclusion criteria. This is done separately by each reviewer. After both reviewers have evaluated the studies, votes are compared.
► Full-text screening:
In the second round of screening, members evaluate the remaining studies by reading the full-text articles. Members must record the reasons for excluding studies based on the pre-determined inclusion & exclusion criteria.
Ideally, study selection is completed by two independent reviewers with a third person available for resolving conflicts. Alternatively, disagreement of study selection may be resolved by discussion between the reviewers.
Covidence (fee based, CUHK library subscribed) is a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews and other research reviews. It makes it easy to screen references (both title/abstract and full-text), create data extraction forms, and complete the risk of bias tables. You can also divide up the work among your team of reviewers and track the progress of the project.
With Covidence you can easily combine and import papers from multiple databases in the search process. Duplicated papers are automatically removed once they are imported to the platform. Reviewers can then work independently on the screening process.
Other SR tools which supports the screening process are:
PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Click Searching: Recording & Reporting for more resources on reporting your searches in Cochrane systematic reviews.