RevMan Web: a practical guide for editorial teams

These videos are for Managing Editors, Assistant Managing Editors, Editorial Assistants, Information Specialists, Copy-Editors and other members of editorial base staff, and are an essential guide to working with reviews that are available in RevMan Web.

RevMan Web is the browser-based version of RevMan. There are more than 400 reviews available in RevMan Web, and every review group has at least one review available on the online platform. These videos provide essential advice on using the software - both as an editing tool and in conjunction with Archie. Whether you use RevMan Web for your day-to-day editorial work, or are a beginner, these videos will guide you through how to manage the editorial process when a review is available in RevMan Web.

They will enable you to:-

  • View the latest version of a review in RevMan Web
  • Find out which of your group's reviews are available in RevMan Web
  • Understand the similarities and differences between reviews in RevMan Web and RevMan 5
  • Edit and amend a review in RevMan Web
  • Find and use the guidance and support available for RevMan Web users
  • Answer basic author queries

The webinar was delivered in November 2019 by Anupa Shah (ME Support, Managing Editor of Cochrane Eyes and Vision), Ursula Gonthier (Membership & Support Manager, Cochrane People Services), Marlene Stewart (Managing Editor of Cochrane Vascular) and Rebecka Hall (RevMan Web Product Owner, Cochrane IT Services).

Below you will find videos from the webinar, together with accompanying slides to download [PDF].

Part 1: Introduction and accessing a review in RevMan Web
Part 2: Amending author details, track changes, find & replace, split tabs 
Part 3: Spell-check, notes, references, studies  
Part 4: Figures, appendices, footnotes   
Part 5: Reasons for choosing RevMan Web, support for users
Part 6: RevMan Web roadmap, Questions and answers

Part 1: Introduction and accessing a review in RevMan Web


Part 2: Amending author details, track changes, find & replace, split tabs 


Part 3: Spell-check, notes, references, studies


Part 4: Figures, appendices, footnotes


Part 5: Reasons for choosing RevMan Web, support for users


Part 6: RevMan Web roadmap, Questions and answers

[0:05-4:15] RevMan Web roadmap
[4:16-5:13] Is RMW optimised for specific web browsers? Would you recommend a specific browser?
[5:14-6:58] Are all changes automatically saved? Or where can we find the "save" button?
[6:59-8:12] If you need to go back and edit published version - do you still do it the same, i.e. revert to last published version in Archie and edit in RM5 and republish, or can you revert and then edit in RMW? I guess really the question is does reverting in Archie work in the same way? A follow on question is, can you revert in RMW?
[8:13-8.53] Can you confirm there are different highlight colours and who assigns them or does a different one pop up for each new commenter automatically or is it by role, etc?
[8:54-9:11] Can you restrict permissions to accept/reject tracked changes so not all authors are able to do so?
[9:12-10:29] Are there plans to include the search-and-find function in RevMan Web rather than having to use a plug-in?
[10:30-11:07] Is the split screen a Chrome function or a RevMan Web function?
[11:07-11:48] Is there replace function for incorrect spelling, as in RevMan 5?
[11:49-13:03] Do you have to click on each reference to activate spellcheck? (Is there a spellcheck function for references?)
[13:03-14:14] In RevMan 5 you can scroll through the references using the arrow keys (ie you don't have to go back to the main list).  Can you do this in RMW?  Or do you have to go back to the main list?
[14:14-14:23] If you make a note in RevMan web does it appear as a sticky note in RevMan 5?
[14:24-15:17] Will the notes be highlighted somehow and can they be deleted, so that in the end one knows that all notes are solved?
[15:18-15:46] Currently (in RevMan 5) you can copy and paste references between different reviews in RM5. Is that still posssible in RMW?
[15:47-17:11] How do we add new headings?
[17:11-17:30] Is there a limited number of figures (like 99 in RevMan5)?
[17:31-18:23] Can I save a pdf version of the review directly through revman web or do I have to do it via Archie?
[18:24-19:10] Is there a method of entering comments (feedback) except from the same way we have done in RevMan 5?

Additional materials

Download the slides from the webinar [PDF]