RevMan Web and RevMan 5 – what’s different?

QuestionRevMan 5RevMan Web
Can I use it for non-intervention reviews?Yes, RevMan 5 includes features that are specific to other review types, such as diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) reviews, methodology reviews, and overviews of reviews.No, RevMan Web can currently be used only for systematic reviews of interventions.
Can I use it on tablets and mobile phones?No, RevMan 5 is only for computer operating systems.Yes, it is possible to use RevMan Web on tablets and mobile phones. However, validation has not been completed and it is uncertain how RevMan Web will perform on these devices.
How can I access the review to work on it?By checking out the review from Archie.

Editorial staff right-click on the review title in Archie and select ‘Edit in RevMan Web’.

Authors log in to and see available reviews listed under ‘My Reviews’.

How the changes/edits are saved?By clicking on ‘Save’ and checking the review into Archie.Continuously, automatically. There is no need for a 'save' button.
How I can work offline?One needs to be online to check the review out from Archie and check it back in. All other work can be done offline.Currently, one cannot work with RevMan Web offline.
Can the authors work concurrently on the review? No. Only one author at a time can check out the review and work on it.Yes, but only in different text fields of the review.
Where is the general information about the review? In different places – authors’ affiliations and important dates at the top (beginning) of the review in the 'Review information' section. Acknowledgements, Contributions of authors, Declarations of interest, Differences between protocol and review, and Published notes at the bottom (end) of the 'Main text' section.All in the ‘Review info’ section.
Where is the information about included studies?In different places – Characteristics of included studies and Risk of bias assessment under ‘Tables’; references under ‘Studies and references’.All in the ‘Included studies’ section.
How the analyses are set up?By comparisons (higher level) and outcomes (lower level).By analysis groups (higher level) and analyses (lower level).
How are the study data and forest plots displayed?In the ‘Data and analyses’ section. The table for entering the study data and the forest plot (graph) are on the same (content) pane.In the 'Analyses' section. The table for entering study data is in the 'Data' tab and forest plots are in the 'Graphs' tab. The Analyses results are also available from the Context pane.
Can I use RevMan Calculator?Yes.Calculator for GIV outcomes is available in RevMan Web.
Can I create a PRISMA flowchart?Yes.

Yes, but only according to the PRISMA guidelines. If a flow diagram, created in RevMan 5, doesn’t follow the PRISMA guidelines, it can be imported in RevMan Web, but it cannot be edited.

Can I import data from Covidence?Yes.You can import data from Covidence using a RevMan 5 file, see here.
Can I import 'Summary of findings' (SoF) tables from GRADEpro?Yes.Yes, Revman Web is integrated with GRADEpro so you can create and update the SoF according to the analyses in RevMan Web, see here.
Can I export text, references, and analyses data as separate files?

Yes, you can export review text to an HTML file; references can be exported in RevMan, RIS, or Vancouver formats; analyses data can be exported in CVS format.

Currently one cannot export text, references, and analyses data as separate files in RevMan Web.
Can I preview and print the review?Yes.Currently, one cannot preview and print the review in RevMan Web. For a workaround, see here.
Can I split screen/review?Yes, there is the 'Split Text of Review' option under 'View' tab.Yes, see here for more info.
What are the other minor changes that one should be aware of?There is no dashboard.There is a dashboard, showing the review status, validation report, authors and version history.
User feedback is in the 'Feedback' section.User feedback is in the 'Comments' section.
There is no Context pane.There is a Context pane specific to each section, plus relevant standards and authors' notes. For the 'Text' section, the Context pane also includes 'Summary of findings' tables and the results of analyses.