Reference Management

Importing & Exporting References in Covidence

If you are using Covidence to manage a literature review, you can easily import and export references to and from reference management software. Use the RIS text format to move citations between Covidence and your reference management software.

Importing to Covidence

Covidence currently supports three formats for file imports:

  • Endnote XML
  • PubMed text format
  • RIS text format (this is compatible with Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley, and Refworks)

Exporting from Covidence

You can export study lists from Covidence at five different stages in the review process:

  • Screening
  • Irrelevant
  • Full text review
  • Excluded
  • Included

You can export this lists as an RIS file that can be easily imported into reference management software including Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley, and RefWorks.

Get Help with Covidence

If you need additional help using Covidence, try one of these options:

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