Screening snapshot 

At any time you can download a screening snapshot. This will provide the full data of articles that have been included or excluded, along with eligibility criteria ratings, and comments. It can be useful for continued analysis in a tool like Excel. 

All screening snapshot downloads are in "SYSREV1" formatted CSV encoded file. This is mainly designed to be machine-readable and can be re-imported back into Syras. However it also has some human-readable fields, and may be of use to use in a spreadsheet to analyse the screening outcome after using Syras. 


  • There will be at least one row per article, and all articles in the set are included. 
  • If there are no ratings, or only one collaborator rating, there will be one row per article. 
  • If there are screening ratings, there will be one row per rating per article (e.g. for dual screenings there will be two rows per article screened), 



  • doc_uuid - Syras identifier unique to the imported document 
  • doc_title - Article Title from the original reference 
  • user_publicid - Syras identifier of the collaborator 
  • user_name - The name of the user 
  • rating_label - The text of the rating e.g. "include" / "exclude" 
  • rating_flags - A Syras numerical representation of the rating and the other flags. 
  • rating_comment - Any comment by this collaborator with this rating. 
  • rating_datetime - the moment at which this rating was made, or updated. 
  • Criteria: "question 1" - Containing "Y", "N", "D", "" (for Yes, No, Don't know, Unanswered) 
  • Criteria: "question N" ... there will be as many further columns as there are criteria. 


If there are any criteria in use, then there will be additional columns, on for each criteria with the question in the header row. 

Merging sets

After you're done screening, or you have completed disagreements, you can merge sets together. This is a non-destructive action. 

Below your article sets, you can click the Merge button to combine relevant sets into a single download. 

When merging, pick the two sets you would like to merge together.

The simplest merge will typically be the "Includes" and the Disagreements - Includes" sets, which will result in the full set of includes being combined into a single set. 

When you're happy with the final set, you can hit the Export button for the set (next to the delete button). This gives you an ability to download your includes as a single file.

Export all included

If it's easier for you to merge your Includes outside of Syras, you can click the Export All button to get the list of sets that have Included articles to download individually. This might be easier when dealing with complex workflows with multiple splits.