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What is RevMan Web?

RevMan Web is the next generation of Cochrane’s software for preparing and maintaining systematic reviews.

This web-based version of RevMan will work across all platforms, be installation-free, and automatically updated. Featuring an improved and modernised workspace and user interface, RevMan Web will offer a more intuitive and enjoyable user experience.

RevMan Web is central to the new Cochrane Review Ecosystem that supports Cochrane’s core mission of producing high-quality systematic reviews. This is a strategic, long-term move by Cochrane to enable:

  • New analysis methods and content
  • Strong integration and data flow across other elements of systematic review production software such as Covidence, GradePro, MAGICapp, LinkedData, and CRS
  • A modern, adaptive user interface 

To work with RevMan Web on Cochrane reviews, the user must have a Cochrane Account and write access to a review in Archie. RevMan Web is currently only available for Intervention reviews and not yet available for non-Cochrane reviews.

RevMan Web is currently being used by authors and editors that have chosen to use RevMan Web for their protocol, new review or review update. These users give feedback and support development of new features. Do you want to start using RevMan Web? Sign up here.

What does the future look like?

RevMan Web is constantly improved in response to input from users. Enhancements and new functionality is introduced on the Updates page. More users will be invited as experience shows that RevMan Web can replace RevMan 5 until it is available to all.

RevMan Web’s technical architecture makes it possible to improve the review writing process. Integration with other tools and capabilities for Cochrane will be implemented in line with the roadmap below.

RevMan Web Roadmap

Risk of bias 2.0
The best analysis in the world cannot create valuable evidence if the data are not reliable. Risk of Bias 2.0, recently approved by the scientific committee, is already available in a template. RevMan Web will adapt to allow you to input the results reached in the Risk of Bias 2.0 tool.

SoF Tool integration
This integration will simplify the work on your summary of findings table in GRADEpro or MAGICapp. You will be able to initialize a summary of findings table in RevMan Web by choosing which SoF tool you want to use, and the analyses data will be available directly in that SoF tool. This integration will also allow for easy updating.

Study oriented data structures
RevMan currently manages data according to the analysis structure: comparisons, outcomes and subgroups. In order to aid reviews with complex analyses (e.g sensitivity analysis) and enable tighter integration with other tools; a study oriented data structure will be introduced in RevMan Web.

Covidence integration
Covidence is Cochrane's partner tool for screening and data extraction. When the integration with Covidence is in place study data gets automatically updated in RevMan Web and users can easily switch between the systems. This will also be possible when updating reviews.

Network meta-analysis
RevMan 5 only supports pairwise comparisons of interventions. In many cases there are more than two interventions to compare against each other. Introducing network meta-analysis in RevMan Web enables a more integrated view of the evidence in these cases.

Future priorities when the new ecosystem of review authoring tools is in place:

  • Non-Cochrane reviews
  • Other review types