Links in the text

Please do not change the formatting of links to bold or underlined. Doing so will cause errors that will prevent the review from being saved.


Links to other parts of the review must be added as internal links. Highlight the text you want link to, click on the ‘Insert link’ icon. Select the first paper clip for adding an internal link to another section in the document.

Do not copy and paste from another part of the review, or from another review. This will ensure that links are dynamically updated if edits are made to other parts of the review, and ensure links are not corrupted. 


A dialog box will then appear. You can choose to link to Studies, Study references, Other references, Summary of findings table, Tables, Figures, Supplementary materials, Headings in the main article, Analyses.

For further guidance on linking to references and studies, see References and citations


Highlight the text you want link to, click on the ‘Insert link’ icon. Select the first icon, for adding an external link.


If choosing to include an external link, a pop-up box will open for the link URL.


If the link has been correctly added, the link will appear below the linked text in blue. Click on the link to open the external page in a new tab.


Navigating to links in the text

To navigate to a link in the text, click on the link. A pop-up will appear below, and you can either click on the blue link below to navigate to the relevant section, click on the pencil to edit the link, or click on the paper clip with an x to remove the link from the text. 

Once you navigate to the relevant section, you can then click the Back button on your browser to return to where you were in the text of your review (focused review format) or to the top of the section you were in (previous review format). 


A warning icon appears in the text when there is a link to deleted content, such as a study, analysis, or any scenario where authors can end up with broken links.

If you hover over the text, a tooltip will show that the link is broken. Click on the unlink icon to remove the link and edit the text accordingly.