The Systematic Review Toolbox (SR Toolbox) is the first and, to-date, only dedicated web-based catalogue of tools to support systematic reviews. The resource was developed in response to a lack of easily accessible information about what tools were currently available. Since its launch in May 2014, the SR Toolbox has been received positively by the academic community (particularly across social media) and is actively used by many research staff and students in healthcare. The SR Toolbox has developed a high profile within the systematic review community, most notably establishing links with the Cochrane Collaboration, whose work is recognised as the international gold standard for systematic reviews. The resource was cited in the 2014 #CochraneTech symposium editorial (Elliot et al 2014) and has been presented at a number of conferences and seminars. Furthermore, a webpage on support tools maintained by Cochrane is no longer updated, and now refers visitors to the Systematic Review Toolbox instead.
The Toolbox will be of interest to anyone involved in producing systematic reviews, because it provides easy access to tools which might improve the efficiency of review production. The tools also have potential to be useful in supporting other types of research. The SR Toolbox supports all systematic reviews and is a multi-disciplinary resource and it can also be used as a teaching and learning resource.
York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), in association with the Systematic Review Toolbox, have organised two linked workshops in York, UK in October 2016, for researchers to learn about software tools currently available, and to share experiences of using tools in practice. The first workshop (Day 1) will review both commercial and not-for-profit systematic review management packages, with sessions from representatives of Covidence, DistillerSR and EPPI-Reviewer. The second workshop (Day 2) will review a range of free and commercial tools to support single tasks within the systematic review process.
The Toolbox editors welcome suggestions of new resources to add to the website and any other contributions to the development of the site: Contact Chris Marshall at email@example.com