Automation tools to create efficient search strategies for systematic reviews


Systematic reviews (SRs) are a great way to answer research questions. But they take a long time and are a lot of work. Fortunately, recent innovations can help with the conduct of SRs. One of these innovations is the creation of systematic review automation tools. Automation tools can be used to improve the speed of conducting SRs, without impacting their quality. Many systematic review automation tools have been developed by the Automation Team at the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare (IEBH) at Bond University.

This online workshop will introduce participants to the search strategy tools available via the Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA), the suite of automation tools built by the IEBH.


Gain practical experience using the SRA searching tools to quickly design and run precise search strategies for systematic reviews.


The workshop will provide live demonstrations of the SRA tools used when designing and running search strategies. There will also be hands-on, practical tutorials of a selection of the tools.

The SRA tools covered in this workshop include:
1. The Word Frequency Analyser
2. The SearchRefinery
3. The Polyglot Search Translator
4. The Deduplicator

All tools are freely available via the SRA website::


By the end of this workshop, you will be able to use the SRA tools to create search strategies in an accelerated time frame. You will also know how to use the tools to create more focused search strategies which reduce the number of references that need to be screened.


Justin Clark is the Senior Research Information Specialist as well as head of the Automation program at the Institute for Evidence-Based Practice (IEBH) at Bond University, Gold Coast Australia. He is also a member of the Cochrane Information Specialists Executive, Co-Lead of the search group of the Living Evidence Network, a member of the PRISMA-S Group and a founding member of the International Collaboration for the Automation of Systematic Reviews (ICASR). He has authored many systematic reviews as well as systematic review methods papers. His list of publications is available via his research profile.


• Wednesday, 13 July 2022: 7:00pm-8:30pm (AEST, UTC+10, Europe suitable time)
• Wednesday, 20 July 2022: 8:00am-9:30am (AEST, UTC+10, America suitable time)


AUD $55


For any enquiries, please contact, Assist Prof Chrissy Erueti, Institute Manager via email: