EPPI-Reviewer: review-production software that adapts to your own needs

Workshop category: 

  • Systematic reviews and technology
Date and Location


Thursday 24 October 2019 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Graziosi S1, López-Alcalde J2, Stallings E3
1 EPPI-Centre, University College London Institute of Education, UK
2 Cochrane Associate Centre of Madrid, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria-Madrid, Clinical Biostatistics Unit, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), Madrid, Spain
3 Clinical Biostatistics Unit, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), Madrid, Spain


Brunton J1, Thomas J1
1 EPPI-Centre UCL Institute of Education, UK
Target audience

Target audience: 

Review authors and editors (including Managing and Co-ordinating editors), information specialists; beginners to advanced review authors

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Background: EPPI-Reviewer has been part of the Cochrane ecosystem of tools since 2015 and is available free of charge for Cochrane Reviews. Its role is to facilitate the production of complex reviews. Earlier this year we launched a completely new version that works in any modern web browser. Unlike other software supporting review production phases, EPPI-Reviewer is designed with flexibility in mind and includes a wide range of cutting-edge machine learning and data services. EPPI-Reviewer is also a methodological research tool; its flexibility allows and facilitates methodological research and innovation. Our current research focuses on enabling automation on the search and screening phases, integrating them both in ways that are specifically designed to support workflows for 'living' systematic reviews. The same underlying technologies are also expected to drive significant innovations regarding data reuse and discoverability.

Objectives: introduce the core concepts behind the EPPI-Reviewer architecture and tools. Provide a general overview of how to use it according to different needs (meta-analyses, mixed-methods, 'living' systematic reviews, meta-ethnographies, etc.). Provide an introduction to our latest innovations and future plans.

Description: the workshop will focus on the key elements of EPPI-Reviewer, concentrating on the features that are designed explicitly to support flexibility. Participants will be guided through the overall structure of the software, including highlights of the latest developments (the 'web' interface, search and screening automation, etc.) and the ideas that inform our plans for the future. Practical exercises will focus on a few of the showcased features giving each participant the chance to try out the methodologies and approaches that best suit their use-case.

This session is suitable for review authors who are just starting to use EPPI-Reviewer, those who are ready to learn more and those who are considering it for their future work. The ideal participant would have some experience in conducting systematic reviews (although beginners are welcome).

Participants should bring their own laptop to the session. Working in small groups will be encouraged.