Tool round-up: January – April 2017

Here is a round-up of the tools added to the toolbox for 2017 so far (January – April):

DECiMAL – Data extraction guide for complex meta-analysis, primarily aimed at systematic reviewers preparing data for meta-analysis: – tool to extract data from web pages. In the context of systematic review it has been used to download citations from websites to increase transparency and reproducibility of grey literature searching: 

VOSviewer – software tool for constructing and visualising bibliometric networks. These networks may for instance include journals, researchers, or individual publications, and they can be constructed based on co-citation, bibliographic coupling, or co-authorship relations. VOSviewer also offers text mining functionality that can be used to construct and visualise co-occurrence networks of important terms extracted from a body of scientific literature: 

Gephi – Open source visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks: 

RIS Export – Tool that converts search results files into RIS files for ease of importing into reference management software:

CADIMA – supports the conduct of systematic reviews and evidence/systematic maps by the provision of a freely available online tool that: 1. guides review authors through the evidence synthesis process, 2. facilitates the coordination of cooperating team members, 3. eases steps with considerable workload and 4. guarantees for its thorough documentation. The evidence synthesis tool was established and is further developed in a close collaboration between the Julius Kühn-Institut and the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence is free and supports the conduct of systematic reviews and evidence/systematic maps:

3D Covariate Visualiser – 3-D evidence network plot system: a new software tool to aid the exploration of covariate imbalances and effects in network meta-analysis. Users are required to register to use the system. This is an innovative tool which was developed by DRG Abacus in collaboration with Leicester University: 

Health Assessment Workspace Collaborative (HAWC) – HAWC is a modular, content management system designed to store, display, and synthesize multiple data sources for the purpose of producing human health assessments of chemicals. This online application documents the overall workflow of developing an assessment, from literature search and systematic review, to data extraction (human epidemiology, animal bioassay, and in vitro assay), dose-response analysis, and finally evidence synthesis and visualization: 

JSTOR Text Analyser – JSTOR Text Analyser allows you to upload a document and will analyse the text to find the key topics and terms used. JSTOR Text Analyser then priortises these terms and uses the ones it deems most important to find similar content (articles, book chapters etc) in JSTOR. You can refine the search results, by adding, removing or adjusting the priority of terms:

COMPASS – The tool aims to give an outline of the key elements with respect to quality of clinical evidence of orphan medicinal products (OMPs). The tool can be applied to assess the quality of evidence of an OMP based on information in the registration dossier, for example by local reimbursement agencies, pharmacists or clinicians –

Thanks to all those who submitted tools.


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