RevMan 5.1 User Guide
O SELECT MULTIPLE ELEMENTS ONE AT A TIME
1. Click the first record you want to select.
2. While holding down the Ctrl key, click each additional record you want to highlight. Each
record will be highlighted.
To select a series of records
1. Click the first record in the series you want to highlight.
2. Hold down the Shift key and click the last record in the series you want to highlight. All
records in between will also be highlighted.
You can import references from other sources into your review. The process has two main steps, one
of which takes place within RevMan:
First, outside of RevMan, retrieve the references you want and save them in a format
RevMan can open (see ‘Preparing a reference file’ immediately below).
Then, within RevMan, import the file and organise the references.
Preparing a reference file
RevMan can read four reference formats:
RIS format ‐ a generic format supported by most reference management software.
Pubmed MEDLINE format ‐ files downloaded from PubMed using MEDLINE format.
RevMan format ‐ supported by RevMan 4 and 5; can be generated from reference
management software by using the relevant output style. See the RevMan web site at
http://ims.cochrane.org/revman/documentation/reference‐management for updated
Vancouver format. Note that for Vancouver style, RevMan accepts only journal articles.
To import your references to RevMan, you must have saved them in a text file in one of these four
formats somewhere on your computer.
O IMPORT REFERENCES
1. Use File > Import > References.
The Import References Wizard opens.
2. Go through the steps in the Wizard.
3. Click Finish.
Tip: If you import a file that also contains non‐reference text, RevMan will try to ignore the text. The
number of lines ignored will be shown beneath the preview of the import file.
You can enter or edit references directly in RevMan. Each reference opens in a separate tab, where it
is edited in a structured format with a field for each element. On a reference tab you will see:
Reference ID or Study ID. If the reference is an Other reference, the reference ID can be
edited here. For study references, the Study ID is displayed, but cannot be edited (to modify
it, edit the study; or to choose a different study, move the reference).
Reference Type. For each type, some fields are required and others optional.
For study references only: option to select as the primary reference.