Status: In development

/ Grey Literature Reporter | Chrome plugin for grey literature searching

In evidence synthesis it is relatively easy to find published literature on a given topic, and to record what the search string was used in which database, how many records were found, how many were used or not used and why. It is much more difficult to be systematic in searching and recording grey literature.


/ PDF annotation | Coding and extracting data from PDFs

Extraction of content from articles, also known as coding, is an important part of evidence synthesis, especially for meta-analysis that require coding of multiple predefined parameters that are to be extracted from articles. This task is usually tedious therefore multiple people, potentially including external helpers may involve in coding. Software tools that assist efficient content extraction and also enable indexing of extracted context against the field labels, are highly desirable. The most significant barrier against such tools is that the majority of the articles are available in pdf format, because contents in pdf files are embedded in highly abstract and protected manner. The main contribution of the prototype is accessing contents in pdf articles selectively. The tool is built around ReactJS JavaScript framework, therefore suitable for deploying in a local virtual web-server in a desktop environment or in a centrally hosted web-server, as a web application. This application takes in a CSV file with fields to be extracted as headers and loads pdf files from a server folder. Then the coding can be performed using a right-click menu that brings up list of fields, and then saves the fields, selected contents / values on in the pdf and any user comments back to the CSV file as a new raw per single pdf.


/ Reference completer | A tool to fill in missing information from incomplete references

Citations downloaded from bibliographic databases and other resources, such as Google Scholar, are often missing certain details like abstracts or volume/page details that are important for a variety of reasons, such as screening in systematic reviews or locating full text documents. This functionality is intended to be used for filling in missing information from a set of citation files, including abstracts.


/ Integration & Research Weaving | Developing the ICASR Integration Engine

Automation tools are speeding up the conduct of evidence synthesis. However, the uptake of these tools amongst reviewers are slow. Potential barriers to use are; 1) the tools often operate in isolation, 2) reviewers need to manipulate their citation data into a specific format to use the tool, and 3) different tools require different levels of programming or computing expertise.