Review version search is an Advanced Search for specific published review versions. It allows specification of detailed search criteria relating to the content of the searched document versions. The results can be exported as specific data from the hits, such as the number of included studies or the Authors' conclusions section.

For example, you can

  • search only in reviews where the Declaration of interest section contains the word 'none'.
  • search only in the reviews published in Issue 4, 2008,
  • search in all issues of 2007 for reviews from the Stroke group.

IMPORTANT: The full functionality of Review Version Search is only available for review versions in RevMan 5 format - which means 2009 and onwards. Reviews in RevMan 4 format will not return any results for any of the queries relating to review content.

The main differences between Review Version Search and Document search are listed in the following table:

Document search for reviews

Review version search

Type of result

Review documents

Individual published versions

Possible results per review

One

More than one

Age of searchable information

Only current version

Historical and current

Search in contents

General, free text only

Section specific, can also be on number of elements

Export options

Attributes only

Attributes and content - see Export options for review versions

Tip: Review versions in your search Results can be downloaded in RM5 format using the right-click menu.   

You can search for review versions using the following search fields:

  • Versions Published between
  • Versions First Published between
  • Review Title
  • Group
  • Review Type
  • Stage
  • Status
    - Publication Flags -
  • New
  • Amended
  • New or Updated
  • Concl. Changed/Major Change
  • Updated and Changed
  • Stable
  • New Citation
  • Feedback Incorporated
    - Review Content -
  • Text
  • Number of ...
  • Section ...
    - Contact Info -  
  • Contact Person
  • Country of Contact Person
  • Contact Country has Free Access - search on whether the Country in the Contact Person's address in the review has free access.
  • Contact Country Income - search on the Income level of the Country in the Contact Person's address in the review.
  • Author
  • Country of Author

- Miscellaneous -

  • DOI (CD Number)
  • RevMan ID
  • Review No
  • Created
  • Checked in by
  • Assessed as Up-to-date
  • Date Searched
  • Date Scheduled
  • Date Delivered
  • Date Published
  • Protocol First Published
  • Review First Published
  • Version Description
  • File Size (bytes)
  • Licence Type
  • Has Updating Classification
  • Updating Classification
  • Updating Classification Explanation
    - Advanced - (see note below)
  • XPath Exist
  • XPath Count
  • XPath Value
  • XPath Section
    - Relative to Selection -
  • Selected Review Versions - restrict search to review version selection set.
  • Previous Published Version -  based on review version selection set.
  • Last Published Version -  based on review version selection set.
  • Versions for Selected Reviews - based on review selection set.

Note: The four XPath options are for complex searches of the XML structure of reviews. Individual users should not attempt to use the fields without assistance from the ITS.    

Search fields, and corresponding options:

Search criteria

Conditions

Search term

DOI (CD Number)
RevMan ID
Review No
Review Title
Version Title
Version Description
Text
Updating Classification Explanation

Contains
Equals
Begins with
Does not contain

Enter a free-text search term

  • Tip: Contains and Begins with are useful if you are unsure how to spell a search term.

New
Amended
New or Updated
Concl. Changed/Major Change
Updated and Changed
Stable
New Citation
Feedback Incorporated
Contact Country has Free Access
Has Updating Classification

Yes
No


Group
Review Type
Stage
Status
Country of Contact Person
Country of Author
Contact Country Income

Is
Is not

Choose your search term from pull-down list.

Updating Classification

Choose your search terms from the pull-down lists of statuses and rationales

Author
Contact Person
Checked in by

Is
Is not

Search for and select a person you want using the button

Created
Assessed as Up-to-date
Date Searched
 

Before
After
On
Not before
Not after

Input the date of your search using the  button

Tip: The difference between Before and Not after, and between After and Not before, is whether the date itself is included. For example, searching on records created After 1 January 2000 will only find records from 2 January onwards.

Protocol First Published Review First Published

Is
Is not

Choose issue from the pull-down list

Versions Published between
Versions First Published between

-

Choose first and last issue from the pull-down lists

File Size (bytes)

Equals
Not equals
Greater than
Less than
Greater than or equals
Less than or equals

Enter a number

Number of ...
 

Equals
Not equals
Greater than
Less than
Greater than or equals
Less than or equals

Choose a review item from the pull-down list, and enter a number

Warning: You cannot use a single string containing information from several different review elements. For instance, since references are stored in a highly structured format, the search string 'New England Journal of Medicine 1977;297:686-91' contains information from several different elements and the punctuation is added when displaying the review.

Warning: Numbers in the Data and Analysis section cannot be used as search terms as all the numbers are stored in a way that prevents this.