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In the Review Settings section, enter the title of your review, date of last search, search strategies (provided by librarian), citation if updating a previous review, and number of reviewers required for title/abstract and full-text screens. Systematic Reviews should have two independent screeners plus a third reviewer to resolve conflicts.

In the Add/Remove Reviewers section, add your team members to the review project. Team members do not have to be affiliated with MUSC. Invited reviewers will receive an email notifying them of your invitation to join the review.

The Team Settings page illustrates the team's progress for the title/abstract screen, full-text screen, and data extraction.

This is where you can manage rules to indicate who will be screening and resolving conflicts. Systematic Reviews should have two independent screeners plus a third reviewer to resolve conflicts.

List your Inclusion and Exclusion Reasons. These criteria could relate to participant characteristics, interventions, study design, etc.

  • Inclusion criteria are everything that a study must have in order to be included in your review. 
  • Exclusion criteria are the factors that would make a study ineligible to be included in your review. 

The inclusion and exclusion criteria listed in the boxes below will be displayed during the screening process (select "show criteria" during screening) to remind you of your specific criteria as you judge references. 


Select Full-Text Exclusion Reasons (top-right corner) to create the list of exclusion criteria that will show up on your PRISMA flow diagram. Do this BEFORE you begin full-text screening. You will want to discuss as a team how you will prioritize inclusion and exclusion criteria.

The criteria listed in the "edit exclusion reasons" below will show up in the exclusion drop-down menu in the full-text screening phase. For full-text screening, reviewers can only select ONE exclusion criteria per excluded reference – and that criteria will be listed in the PRISMA flow diagram.


Select Manage Highlights to add and delete keywords to highlight during your full-text screening. On your screening page, when Show Highlights is selected, inclusion words will be highlighted in green, and exclusion words will be highlighted in red.

Manage Study Tags to quickly add tags your studies, then filter studies by those tags.


To add a tag to one or more studies, check the box to the left-hand side of those studies you wish to tag. Once a tag has been added to a study, it is visible to all reviewers on that review.


Once created and applied to studies, you can also filter by these tags. This can be especially useful to get a quick count of how many studies received each tag.

Note: The filter function only counts and displays studies in your current list. For example, if you are viewing the Title/Abstract Screening page, the filter will only display studies within that screening list, and will not display studies on the irrelevant list.