The automation of systematic reviews

The automation of systematic reviews

Centre for Health Informatics

Research stream

Computable Evidence Lab

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Project members - Macquarie University

Dr Guy Tsafnat - Senior Research Fellow

Mr Vitaliy Kim - Computer Systems Officer

Project contact

Dr Guy Tsafnat
T: +612 9850 2430

Project main description

Systematic reviews (SR) are the ultimate evidence summaries for evidence based practice. Unfortunately, SR are extremely expensive to produce, take around 2 years to create, and remain current only for a little time when the process has to be repeated. The SR production process can be broken down to 15 steps, each with its own information needs that can be automated. Our primary focus is on the integration of information from specialized tools aimed to automate various steps, and on extraction of information from text.

Opportunities (Scholarships, Grants and Research Positions)

Our postgraduate programs allow candidates to undertake advanced research leading to a Master's or PhD degree under the supervision of experienced senior research staff in one of AIHI’s research areas. Current research opportunities at AIHI.


  1. Tsafnat, G., et al. (2014). "Systematic review automation technologies." Syst Rev 3(1): 74.
  2. Choong, M. K., et al. (2014). "Automatic Evidence Retrieval for Systematic Reviews." Journal of medical Internet research 16(10).
  3. Tsafnat, G., et al. (2013). "The automation of systematic reviews." BMJ 346: f139.

Project sponsors

Macquarie University, NHMRC CRE in eHealth

Collaborative partners

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