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How do I add/edit and move references in the reference list?

To add a reference you need to go to the References tab.

You click the 'Add Reference' button on a section where you want to add the reference. You then get the choices to add a reference manually, from a PubMed ID, from a RIS file (Endnote, Mendeley, RefWorks and so on) or a RevMan5 file. 

Reference ordering

At the moment, the order of references in the reference list is what the order of references will be in the text and PICOs. Automatic re-ordering of references based on where the reference shows up in the text is under development. 

Importing different file types

A RIS file is a file containing reference data that can be exported from all major reference managers (Endnote, Mendeley, RefWorks and so on), or lists in PubMed, Epistemonikos, Ovid or other reference sites.
When importing from PubMed using the 8-number PubMed ID, it will pull in all the information PubMed contains about that reference.
When importing a RevMan5 file as a reference, see: Adding a RevMan5 file as a reference

Moving and editing references

1. Click the 6-dot icon to move the reference up and down to change the order, which will be the order of references in the text (see note above).
2. Click the pencil icon to edit the reference information. In edit you can add study type, add a PubMed ID (that will create a link to the PubMed site), DOI (that will create a link to the Journal site) or a URL.
3. You can also attach files to the reference, including PDFs (e.g. appendices), images (e.g. forest plots), as well as Excel files or Word documents (e.g. supporting data). 
4. You can see where the reference is used in the Places used tab. In the usage tab, you can remove connections to PICOs and recommendations. You can also add information about the reference, but this is only available to authors of the guideline (e.g. abstract, results, comments).
Last Updated: 26 January 2024 

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