Automation tools to improve the efficiency of screening studies 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 Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA), the suite of automation tools built at the IEBH.


To gain practical experience using the SRA screening tools to more efficiently screen studies to determine if they are relevant for systematic reviews.


The workshop will provide live demonstrations of the SRA tools used when screening studies. There will also be practical tutorials of the tools.

The SRA tools covered include:
1. RobotSearch
2. The Screenatron
3. The Disputatron

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 efficiently screen studies for inclusion in a systematic review.


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, 27 July 2022 - 7:00pm-8:30pm (AEST, UTC+10, Europe suitable time)
• Wednesday, 3 August 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: