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EPPI-Reviewer 4
    February 2013


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?


Line-by-line codingLine-by-line pdf coding

EPPI-Reviewer 4 now allows line-by-line coding directly on your uploaded pdfs. You are able to highlight relevant areas of text in the pdf and assign codes to that text. This information can then be presented using different report formats including conceptual relationship diagrams.

Line-by-line coding is often used when looking at qualitative research data to carry out a thematic synthesis. This type of data may come from various methods of collection including discussions, surveys and interviews and require the researcher to select sections of the text and apply codes to that text to identify relevant themes and concepts.

For more details on the line-by-line pdf coding functions please see the User manual, the line-by-line pdf coding video or the How to section below.

New report optionsNew report options

New options have been added to the standard configurable reports. These options are available when you run your report.

You can now specify an Additional text tag that will be displayed in front of any text that was entered in the Info box while coding. This will help separate it from any line-by-line pdf coding text that may be displayed.

You now have the option of displaying bullet points in front of your selected codes. When multiple codes are displayed the bullet points help keep each code separate.

You now also have the option of removing items from the report that don’t have any information or codes to display.

If you have ideas about what we could do to make EPPI-Reviewer 4 easier to use please contact us at EPPIsupport@ioe.ac.uk.

TwitterFollow us on twitter

We have created an EPPI-Reviewer Twitter account. You can now follow us at @EPPIReviewer.

The Twitter account will be used to announce things such as new versions, functions, videos, newsletters and short helpful hints. It will also be used as a resource for announcements in case you are unable to reach our normal websites for technical reasons.

It is another way to discover and share all things EPPI-Reviewer related. If you have a Twitter account and follow us we can also follow you if you like to tweet on research related topics.

We will be using the hashtag #EPPIReviewer in our messages to help identify our tweets.



    How to...


How to ...use the line-by-line pdf coding functions.

Many reviews look at qualitative research data to carry out a thematic synthesis. This data is often presented in textual format and may come from various methods of collection including discussions, surveys and interviews. The reviewer will want to examine this information to identify analytic and descriptive themes. Part of this process may involve line-by-line coding of the material to identify and locate text within the documents, and apply codes to that text that support these themes and concepts (this process is sometimes called inductive coding).

EPPI-Reviewer 4 allows line-by-line coding directly on your uploaded pdfs. The reviewer is able to highlight relevant areas of text and assign codes to that text. This information can then be presented using different report formats including conceptual relationship diagrams.

To begin you may wish to create a new codeset in the Codes tab of the Toolbox panel although you could work within an existing codeset if you prefer. For this tutorial we will call the codeset Inductive coding. Next, find the item you want to work on in the Documents tab and Go into the item. You will find yourself in the Document details window

Uploading and viewing your pdf
Upload pdf At the bottom of the Document details window you can upload the pdf(s) for the item by clicking on Upload.


View pdf To display the uploaded pdf in the PDF tab click on View in the View PDF column. The pdf will retain its formatting allowing you to work in a document that appears similar to the original layout.


Assigning codes to selected text
Assign codes

Once you find some relevant text and wish to assign a code to that text, select the text using your mouse. Next, select the code that you wish to assign from the codesets on the left. If the code does not exist you can right-click the codeset and choose Add child code. The selected text will be displayed in the Current code box. Finally, click the Add code to selected text icon. The selected text will be highlighted in yellow.
Removing a code from selected text is done the same way except you would click on the Remove code from selected text icon.

Other options

You can zoom in and out of the pdf using the lens icons or by selecting a zoom factor from the drop down list. You can search for particular text by entering it in the Find box. There is also an Annotate function that allows you to add comments to the pdf that can be shared with the rest of the review team. Finally there is a Reset option that allows you to remove a code from a particular page or the entire document.

Reporting options

To see what text has been assigned to a particular code you just need to select that code. The text associated with that code throughout the document will be highlighted in yellow. If you right click a code and select Report: all text coded with this code all instances where this code has been applied across all uploaded documents will be displayed in the Report viewer.


Your selected text can also be displayed in the configurable standard reports. You just need to be sure that you have placed the correct codes in your report and that the Coded text option is selected when editing your column details. This is done in the Reports tab.

Report setup

The report will be displayed in the Report viewer and will display not only the selected text but also the document's name and the page in the document containing the selected text.

Conceptual relationship diagrams
Relationship diagram

In the Diagrams tab you can insert your codes into a diagram to show the relationships between those codes. To insert a code into the diagram tab right click a code in the Codes tab and select Insert in diagram. You can then arrange and edit the code's appearance and connect the codes using arrows to show the relationship between them. If you click on a code and then click on the Coded text icon the text assigned to that code will be displayed.

For more details on line-by-line pdf coding please see the User manual or the line-by-line pdf coding video.

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 Bulk completion of coding

If you have a number of coded items that you need to complete and you know whose coding you wish to use you can bulk complete them in the Review statistics tab. Just expand the codeset, find the coder's name and click the green checkmark to mark all of that person's coding as complete.

Bulk completion


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

We found a scenario where a third person reconciling and completing an item's coding that had originally be coded by two other reviewers resulted in the agreed version of the coding not being saved. This occurred if the last activity before the item was being completed was the selection of a code by the third reviewer. This has now been fixed.

We also noticed a bug that decreased the date on an exported RIS formatted reference by one month. This issue has been corrected as well.
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