refbase as a tool for literature review (SR)

  • Martin Gerken

    Martin Gerken - 2009-02-21

    I think about extending refbase to get a tool for the literature review process typically done in systematic reviews.
    This includes a 2 step evaluation (1. at abstract/title level and 2. at full text level) of relevancy according to prespecifed criteria.
    The process has to be done by two reviewers and the software should independantly collect answers and comment and provide a mechanism to resolve conflicts.

    Would you suggest using user_data:user_comment and put all the data there - or to add another database table specifically for that?


    • Richard Karnesky

      Either would, of course, be possible.  I would suggest adding another table specifically for this extension, though.  This will allow you to more easily apply conditionals (was a review performed? were changes suggested? have those changes been followed up on?) and will be more robust to future changes in refbase.



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