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EPPI-Reviewer 4
    September 2012


EPPI-Reviewer 4
EPPI-Reviewer 4 is our software to support all types of literature review, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, 'narrative' reviews and meta-ethnographies.

You can create your free trial account and find full details about the program on the 
EPPI-Reviewer 4 gateway

If you have created a trial account in the past and would like to try EPPI-Reviewer 4 again please contact us at EPPIsupport@ioe.ac.uk and we can restart your trial for you.



    What's new?


Site licenseSite licensing now available

For organisations carrying out multiple reviews with many users our monthly subscription model could become a challenge to administer. We now offer site licensing for these situations.

In the site license model you specify the length of the license (normally one year), the number of shareable reviews you need and the number of users who will be working in the reviews. You have full control of the license allowing you to add and remove users from the license as required.

The major advantage is that the reviews never expire as long as the license is renewed. Upon renewal you will be able to edit and update all of your original reviews along with the new reviews that make up the renewal which is where real savings can be made. The details may change at each renewal, but this won't affect existing reviews.

For enquiries on site licensing please contact us at EPPISupport@ioe.ac.uk.

New videoNew video to accompany example review

As mentioned in the last newsletter, all new trial accounts now have a small example review copied to that account.

We have now created a video to accompany the example review. This video walks you through the example review explaining what has taken place, which functions have been used and provides details on how to use these functions. It walks you through the review's existing coding and demonstrates the prebuilt coding reports that you can run.

You can find the video, titled 'EPPI-Reviewer 4 example systematic review' on our YouTube channel.

Please note that if you created your account before June 1 you can still get your example review through the 'EPPI-Reviewer 4 account and review manager' (which you can find on the EPPI-Reviewer 4 gateway). Just look under 'Utilities' / 'Example reviews'.

Shareable reviewShareable review expiry

After a software update we did in August, whenever a shareable review expires it now automatically becomes a non-shareable review under the review owner's name.

As long as the review owner's user account is active, they will have full read and write access to the review. Other users who were in the shareable review will still have access to the review but will be limited to read-only access since the review is now non-shareable.

As before, once your user account expires you will have read-only access to your reviews for two months. If you need further read-only access you can contact us at EPPISupport@ioe.ac.uk to request an extension.

If at any point you wish to make the review shareable again or extend your user account access you can do so through the online shop that you can find on the EPPI-Reviewer 4 gateway.



    How to...


How to ...use the Diagram functions

In most systematic reviews you will want to show what took place in your review in some type of flow chart or diagram. Although these diagrams can have different names such as PRISMA and QUORUM the general purpose is to clearly display the flow of your project.

The diagram functions in EPPI-Reviewer will allow you to create a flow chart of your work as you proceed through your review rather than trying to remember what took place at the end of your project.

Create new diagram
New diagram Begin by creating a new diagram. You can do this by clicking New in the Diagrams tab. You can also load any previously saved diagrams from here.

Insert your codes

Insert codes Next, you can either drag in your codes individually from your coding tool or you can bulk insert them by right clicking a codeset or code and selecting Insert child codes in diagram. You will need to be in the Diagrams tab for this option to appear.

Once the codes are in the diagram they are called nodes and can be arranged as required. To move a node you just need to click it once to select it and then use the drag handles. To add or edit the text in the node you can double click the node.

To draw an arrow between nodes click-hold the inside of a node and drag the mouse to where you wish the arrow to point.

Editing the nodes

Change node shape Change node colour

You can also edit the shape and colour of the nodes. To change the shape of a node, select the node and then select the shape from the list of available shapes in the drop down menu. To change the colour of the node, select the node and use the colour selector on the left. The colour selector on the right allows you to change the colour of the font in the node.

To create a node from scratch, click-hold your mouse anywhere in the diagrams tab and then drag your mouse to create the node.

Adding the code counts

Code counts If the node you are working with was inserted as a code then it is tied to that code and has access to the number of items that code has been assigned. If you click on Add counts all of the nodes that are codes will have their count displayed. Each time you click on Add counts the values will be updated.

Exporting the diagram
Export diagram If you click on Export graphic you can save the diagram as a png file. This graphics format can be used in most word processing and image processing software.

Each month we highlight how to use some of the more commonly used functions. If there is a topic you would like us to cover please contact us at EPPISupport@ioe.ac.uk.




Tips Code description

When you create a code in the codes tab there is a description field available. Anything that you put in this field will be displayed at the bottom of the screen when the code is selected.

Putting detailed descriptions and guidance in this field will assist your coders and allow you to keep your code names short.


Fixes We test all changes that we make to EPPI-Reviewer but sometimes things slip past us.

We found an issue where a recent update of Firefox would not allow the download of non PDF documents. This problem has been fixed.

We also found an issue where clicking Complete in an old comparison that was no longer valid could cause the unexpected completion of items that were no longer in agreement. This has been corrected as well.

    Our new EPPI-Centre book!


An Introduction to Systematic Reviews

An introduction to Systematic Reviews This timely, engaging book provides an overview of the nature, logic, diversity and process of undertaking systematic reviews as part of evidence informed decision making.

A focused, accessible and technically up-to-date book, it covers the full breadth of approaches to reviews from statistical meta analysis to meta ethnography. It is ideal for anyone undertaking their own systematic review - providing all the necessary conceptual and technical background needed to make a good start on the process.

The book examines topics such as:
 - Approaches to reviewing
 - Getting started
 - Using information systems, such as EPPI-Reviewer, in a review
 - Gathering and describing research
 - Appraising and synthesising data
 - Making use of reviews/models of research use

Easy to read and logically structured, this book is essential reading for anyone doing systematic reviews. EPPI-Reviewer users should find the chapter on information management to be very relevant.

The book is available through most outlets including Sage (the publisher) and Amazon.



    About this newsletter
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EPPI-Reviewer 4 is developed and maintained by the EPPI-Centre at the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. To find out more about the work of the EPPI-Centre as well as information about how to do systematic reviews, please visit our website http://eppi.ioe.ac.uk . EPPI-Centre IOE  



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