10  Executing the Search

10.1 Running your queries

10.2 Exporting query hits

Once you ran your queries, you will need to download the hits: i.e. the identified bibliographic records. There is usually a set of formats available: a very common format that is generally well-supported is RIS (a format developed by “Research Information Systems”), and another good choice is BibTeX. Before deciding on the format, make sure you know how you want to conduct your screening. Ideally, you will be able to easily repeat your query later, either when you revise the manuscript to make sure your findings aren’t outdated; if you updated your query because you discovered you made a mistake; or in the case of living reviews, when you want to update the review.

10.3 Importing your search hits

10.4 Deduplicating your search hits