Core software for Cochrane Reviews

Cochrane has software tools to support every stage of the review production process.

Review Manager 5 (RevMan 5) is the main software used for preparing Cochrane Protocols and Reviews. It allows you to prepare the text, build tables showing the characteristics of studies and the comparisons in the review, and add study data. It can perform meta-analyses, and present the results graphically. Cochrane authors must prepare their reviews using RevMan in order to publish in the Cochrane Library.

Covidence allows you to collaborate online with your co-authors on tasks such as uploading and sharing search results, screening and selecting studies, data collection, and risk of bias assessment.

EPPI-Reviewer can be used as a stand-alone authoring tool for non-Cochrane Reviews, and can be used by Cochrane authors to complement RevMan. This tool is especially appropriate for complex systematic reviews, and has advanced features for screening, data collection, qualitative and quantitative analysis, text mining for study identification, and automatic text translation.

GRADEpro is used to create 'Summary of findings' tables in Cochrane Reviews. You can use it to import data from RevMan, perform calculations to present the key findings of your review, and conduct a GRADE assessment of the quality of the evidence.

Click on the links below for an introduction. You can also find more resources on software tools using the search box at the top right of the screen.