ScreenToGo: a mobile app to support the screening of citations

Topic category Information and communication technology
Date and Location
Tuesday 2 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Anna Noel-Storr (Contact this person) Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, Oxford University United Kingdom
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Anna Noel-Storr Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, Oxford University United Kingdom
Gordon Dooley Metaxis United Kingdom
Caroline Struthers Cochrane Training United Kingdom
Other contributors
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Imperial College, London, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Trials Search Co-ordinators, authors, Co-ordinating Editors, Managing Editors and consumers
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Type of workshop
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Abstract text
Sensitive searches by Trials Search Co-ordinators (TSCs) across multiple databases, either performed for specialised registers or for reviews, result in large numbers of citations to screen. ScreenToGo is a mobile app to help ‘chip away’ at citations while on the move.

The session will detail how citations are downloaded, screening categories set, and enable participants to test the app on a phone/tablet: to tap and swipe at a batch of citations.

Additional features shown include being able to randomise the order of citations and view inter-screener agreement between those screening the same citations. Time will be spent considering the potential application of this app in terms of volunteer engagement. Finally, for TSCs, we will demonstrate how the citations screened could feed into the Cochrane Register of Studies.

The workshop was first run at the UK Contributors Meeting in 2011. Feedback included the following comments: interactive, well-presented, informative and opening up ‘endless possibilities'.

ScreenToGo offers an innovative and flexible way of performing a vital task for Cochrane reviews. It also offers a unique task-based volunteering opportunity for anyone with an interest and an iPhone! ScreenToGo was designed and developed in an academic setting by PhD student Christopher (Kit) Huckvale.