Use the PRISMA process to record and report on the number of articles found and the process used to make decisions at each stage of the systematic review. It is important to document decisions for excluding and including records throughout the process.
PRISMA Flow Diagram generator a free tool for creating flow diagrams
A number of tools are available to assist with the process of screening search results, assessing the risk of bias and extracting study characteristics and outcomes.
Rayyan a free tool to help with the process of screening and selecting studies for systematic reviews
DistillerSR tool for screening studies and extracting data
OpenMeta[Analyst] free software for meta analysis
SR-Accelerator free software for writing systematic reviews
JBI SUMARI subscription service from the Joanna Briggs Institute
EndNote can also be used. See, Peters, M. D. (2017). Managing and coding references for systematic reviews and scoping reviews in EndNote. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 36(1), 19–31. https://doi.org/10.1080/02763869.2017.1259891
Van der Mierden, S., Tsaioun, K., Bleich, A., & Leenaars, C. H. (2019). Software tools for literature screening in systematic reviews in biomedical research. Altex, 36(3), 508–517. https://doi.org/10.14573/altex.1902131
Kohl, C., McIntosh, E. J., Unger, S., Haddaway, N. R., Kecke, S., Schiemann, J., & Wilhelm, R. (2018). Online tools supporting the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews and systematic maps: A case study on cadima and review of existing tools. Environmental Evidence, 7, 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/ s13750-018-0115-5
Page, M. J., McKenzie, J. E., & Higgins, J. P. T. (2018). Tools for assessing risk of reporting biases in studies and syntheses of studies: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 8(3), Article e019703. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019703