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Table 5 Reviewer workload for each of the complementary search approaches

From: LOCATE: a prospective evaluation of the value of Leveraging Ongoing Citation Acquisition Techniques for living Evidence syntheses

Search approach Records screened by title and abstract Duplicates screened Records screened by full text Screening time, hours (days)a
Automated Full Search 816 187 21 17.1 (2.1)
Similar Articles (PubMed) 452 3 11 9.4 (1.2)
Citing References (Scopus) 244 136 7 5.2 (0.7)
Total from complementary approaches 1512 326 39 31.7 (4.5)
Reference standard (full search update at 1 year) 505 0 (removed) 24 12.4 (1.6)
  1. aAssumed 0.5 min per title/abstract and 5 min per full text for each reviewer and an 8-h workday. This estimate appeared to align with the average time reported by reviewers over the 1-year of screening