On this page we will break down the process of completing a single-stream double screening, best suited to PhD students. If your project is going to be you and up to one other person, this is perfect for you. It’s our simplest setup, great for PhD systematic reviews.
Preparing to screen
You’ll be able to import from journal database searches in common formats (RIS, PubMed, EndNote) and merge them together. You’ll then complete a series of scans for duplicates, in order to de-duplicate across different database imports. After this, you’ll have a master set of articles, ready to start screening with another collaborator.
Screening and Export
Each collaborator can quickly screen the references by title and abstract, mark them as relevant or irrelevant to your study. For doubles, they are able to compare any abstracts where the two collaborators disagreed – one chose relevant, and the other chose irrelevant. These are resolved, creating a final set of references.
You can now export this data to another RIS or PubMed file, for import into Endnote or other reference management systems to complete full text screening of the articles.