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revtools: An R package to support article screening for evidence synthesis

Westgate, Martin

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The field of evidence synthesis is growing rapidly, with a correspondingincrease in the number of software tools and workflows to support the con-struction of systematic reviews, systematic maps, and meta-analyses. Despitemuch progress, however, a number of problems remain, including slow inte-gration of new statistical or methodological approaches into user-friendly soft-ware, low prevalence of open-source software, and poor integration amongdistinct software tools. These issues hinder the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWestgate, Martin
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-18T00:41:10Z
dc.identifier.issn1759-2887
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/205260
dc.description.abstractThe field of evidence synthesis is growing rapidly, with a correspondingincrease in the number of software tools and workflows to support the con-struction of systematic reviews, systematic maps, and meta-analyses. Despitemuch progress, however, a number of problems remain, including slow inte-gration of new statistical or methodological approaches into user-friendly soft-ware, low prevalence of open-source software, and poor integration amongdistinct software tools. These issues hinder the utility and transparency of newmethods to the research community. Here, I present revtools, an R package tosupport article screening during evidence synthesis projects. It provides toolsfor the import and deduplication of bibliographic data, screening of articles bytitle or abstract, and visualization of article content using topic models. Thesoftware is entirely open-source and combines command-line scripting forexperienced programmers with custom-built user interfaces for casual users,with further methods to support article screening to be added over time.revtools provides free access to novel methods in an open-source environmentand represents a valuable step in expanding the capacity of R to support evi-dence synthesis projects.
dc.description.sponsorshipN. Haddaway contributed substantial discussion and insight regarding the design of revtools. Those discussions 612 WESTGATE were supported by an International Outgoing Visiting Fellowship to MW, awarded by the Australian Research Councils' Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
dc.rights© 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
dc.sourceResearch Synthesis Methods
dc.titlerevtools: An R package to support article screening for evidence synthesis
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume10
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor080306 - Open Software
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1055894xPUB188
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.wiley.com/en-gb
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationWestgate, Martin, College of Science, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage606
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage614
local.identifier.doi10.1002/jrsm.1374
local.identifier.absseo890201 - Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)
dc.date.updated2020-01-19T07:24:30Z
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancehttp://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1759-2879/..." author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). 12 months embargo. "from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 18/06/2020). This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Westgate, Martin J. "revtools: An R package to support article screening for evidence synthesis." Research synthesis methods (2019).], which has been published in final form at [https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jrsm.1374]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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