RevMan 5

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Review Manager 5 (RevMan 5) is the software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews.


You can use RevMan 5 for protocols and full reviews. It is most useful when you have formulated the question for the review, and allows you to prepare the text, build the tables showing the characteristics of studies and the comparisons in the review, and add study data. It can perform meta-analyses and present the results graphically.


Together with Archie, RevMan 5 forms the core Cochrane authoring infrastructure, which enables Cochrane contributors to meet the demands of producing high quality systematic reviews of the evidence of the effects of healthcare and deliver these for publication in The Cochrane Library and elsewhere.


RevMan 5 is no longer being developed, but we continue to support our users. We are currently working on the next generation of review writing software: RevMan Web. This is a new, web-based version of RevMan.

To submit, vote, or share ideas on how to improve RevMan and its next iterations, please visit


The latest major version, RevMan 5.3, was released on 13 June 2014. Work is underway on a new, browser-based version of the software, RevMan Web, for release in 2017.