General

What is SUMARI?

The System for the Unified Management, Assessment and Review of Information (SUMARI) is the Joanna Briggs Institute's premier software for the systematic review of literature.

It is designed to assist researchers and practitioners in fields such as health, social sciences and humanities to conduct systematic reviews. SUMARI supports 10 review types, including:

  1. Reviews of effectiveness
  2. Qualitative research
  3. Economic evaluations
  4. Prevalence/incidence
  5. Aetiology/risk
  6. Mixed methods
  7. Umbrella/overviews
  8. Text/opinion
  9. Diagnostic test accuracy
  10. Scoping reviews
It facilitates the entire review process, from protocol development, team management, study selection, critical appraisal, data extraction, data synthesis and writing your systematic review report. Essentially, it is a word processor, reference management program, statistical and qualitative data analysis program all in one easy to use web application.

What does the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) do?

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is the international not-for-profit, research and development centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The Institute collaborates internationally with over 70 entities across the world. The Institute and its collaborating entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and implementation of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally. For further information about JBI, please visit the website at www.joannabriggs.org.

What features will be added to SUMARI in the future?

We are pleased to be able to provide access to the first version of SUMARI in 2017. We plan to continue working on SUMARI throughout 2017 and beyond and will be adding new features on a regular basis. There is quite a backlog of features that we want to include in SUMARI, please see below a list of the major features we plan to work on at some stage in the future. If you have any suggestions for this list, please contact [email protected].

Priority features:

  • Building the first version of report builder
  • Improving meta-analysis output (visualisation and export of the forest plot)
  • Including subgroup analysis for head to head comparisons
  • Including proportional meta-analysis
  • Creating your own critical appraisal forms
  • Creating your own data extraction forms
  • Importing other reference management files into the system
  • Including Summary Receiver Operating Characteristic Curves for diagnostic test accuracy reviews
  • Including an ability to code extracted qualitative data

What is the difference between the old and new versions of SUMARI?

There are substantial differences between the old and new versions of SUMARI in many areas. The new SUMARI supports more review types than the old SUMARI, it is now an online web-based application, and there is no need to download and install any software. Please refer to the features page to review a list of all the functions available in the new SUMARI.

Can I still access CReMS and the old SUMARI analytical modules (i.e. ACTUARI, MASTARI, NOTARI, QARI)?

As some reviewers may have current projects ongoing in the old version of SUMARI, you can still continue to complete your reviews in this software. However, this software is no longer supported.

To access CReMS and the Online modules, you will need to enter your username and password.
Your Ovid username and password will not work for CReMS.

To recover your username and/or password, please click here.

You can access the online modules here:

The FAQ for the old SUMARI can be accessed here: http://www.joannabriggs.org/sumari-faq.html

Is my computer compatible with the new SUMARI?

The new SUMARI is an online web-based application. This means you don’t need to install any software. To ensure you receive the best of user experience, we recommend using a modern browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox when using SUMARI.

What browser should I use?

Can I work on my review offline?

Currently SUMARI is only able to be used online. We are investigating offline use and hope to have this as a feature in the future.

Can I bulk import citations or studies within the system?

You can do bulk imports of studies at the moment by important Endnote XML files. In the future, we plan to expand the formats available for importing of studies.

What permissions do the project roles have?

 Project OwnerPrivileged AuthorAuthorReviewer
Project
Can invite participants
Can edit roles allocated to participants
Can edit project owner
Protocol
Can view the protocol builder
Can edit the protocol section headings and text
Study Selection
Can view the studies
Can create and import studies
Can decide to include or exclude studies
Appraisal
Can conduct a preliminary critical appraisal
Can conduct final (third) critical appraisal
Can view/edit own final critical appraisal results
Can view/edit all final critical appraisal results
Data Extraction
Can conduct data extraction
Can view final data extraction results
Can edit own final data extraction results
Can edit any final data extraction results
Synthesis
Can perform qualitative synthesis
Can perform meta-analysis

When will the meta-analysis and forest plot functionality be completed?

This is the first iteration of the meta-analysis and forest plots in the new SUMARI. We are aware some changes need to be made. We don’t have an estimate of when the below will occur, but for your information, we do plan to:

  • Include subgroup analysis
  • Ensure point estimate squares for each study are sized according to their weight
  • Allow changing of the labels in the meta-analysis

Account

Will my current SUMARI username and password work in the new system?

We have grandfathered in all account details from the old system, so you will be able to use you current account details (except in the beta testing period).

How do I create a new user account?

Annual subscriptions for JBI SUMARI can be purchased via the Evidence-Based Practive Network at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, or by clicking the following link: http://www.nursingcenter.com/evidencebasedpracticenetwork/home/[email protected]/jbi-sumari.aspx

If you are a JBI student, course participant or JBC staff member and you believe you should have access, please email [email protected]

How do I login to my user account?

You can login to your user account by pressing the "Login" button at the top of this website; or otherwise you can visit the login page directly by clicking here.

How do I recover my username and/or reset my password?

To begin the process of recovering your username and/or resetting your user account password, please go to the SUMARI Login page by clicking here.

Once at the login screen, click on "Forgot your password?" and enter your email address to retrieve a password reset link.

Privacy Policy

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is the international not-for-profit, research and development centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. JBI is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act).

In summary, 'personal information' is information or an opinion relating to an individual, which could be used to identify that individual.

JBI collects personal information in order to conduct its business (including the commercialisation of technologies and establishment of new businesses), to provide and market its services, to communicate directly with you and to meet legal obligations. The type of information JBI may collect and hold includes (but is not limited to) personal information about clients, partners, suppliers and other people we work with. The information collected includes addresses, contact details, occupations and other information to assist us in conducting our business.

JBI will generally collect personal information through direct contact with you. We may also collect personal information from the University of Adelaide, other related entities or third parties in certain circumstances, for example where we receive reports, references or contact lists from those entities.

Additionally personal information may be collected from forms you complete and when you use our website. You should be aware that JBI's internet service provider collects a non-identifying record of your visit to our website for statistical purposes. We also make limited use of 'cookies' (messages given to your web browser by our web server, stored by your browser and sent back to the server each time a page is requested from the server). These cookies are used to monitor usage of our website. Information collected through such analysis is anonymous. Many internet browsers are set up so that they accept cookies. You may be able to change these settings so that cookies are not accepted or you are provided with options to accept or reject them as they are sent to your browser. If at any time you do not wish to receive any newsletters or other communications regarding JBI products, please let us know by using the contact information provided on our Contact page found at http://www.joannabriggs.org/contact.html.

The consequences of not providing personal information will vary depending on the circumstances, but may include that we are not able to provide our services or deal with you, or that you will not be able to use all the features of our website.

JBI may use and disclose your personal information for the primary purpose for which it is collected, for the purposes described above and other reasonably expected secondary purposes, and in other authorised circumstances.

JBI may disclose your personal information to its service providers (including those which are located outside Australia, including in particular the United States), commercial partners (including those located overseas) the University of Adelaide and other related entities and anyone else authorised by you.

JBI takes reasonable steps to protect the security, confidentiality and privacy of your personal information, including protection from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure e.g. through physical security and restricted access to electronic records. However, due to the nature of the internet, we cannot guarantee the security of any information transmitted by electronic means.

Every effort is made to ensure that personal information collected, used or disclosed is accurate, complete and up-to-date. You may contact us at any time to gain access to or update any personal information which JBI holds about you, or complain to us about JBI’s handling of such personal information as a breach of the APPs. Our contact information is provided on our Contact page found at http://www.joannabriggs.org/contact.html.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The System for the Unified Management, Assessment and Review of Information (SUMARI) is the Joanna Briggs Institute's premier software for the systematic review of literature. It is designed to assist researchers and practitioners in fields such as health, social sciences and humanities to conduct systematic reviews. SUMARI supports 10 review types, including reviews of effectiveness, qualitative research, economic evaluations, prevalence/incidence, aetiology/risk, mixed methods, umbrella/overviews, text/opinion, diagnostic test accuracy and scoping reviews. It facilitates the entire review process, from protocol development, team management, study selection, critical appraisal, data extraction, data synthesis and writing your systematic review report. Essentially, it is a word processor, reference management program, statistical and qualitative data analysis program all in one easy to use web application.
  2. The SUMARI web application is provided to researchers and practitioners for use on an ‘as is’ basis. It is not a screening or diagnostic tool and has not been validated for clinical use. Users should not rely on any information in the software and users remain responsible for determining the suitability or otherwise of SUMARI.
  3. While relevant information is provided to users, this should not replace clinical judgement. JBI takes no responsibility for the outcome or consequences of using this web application.
  4. Neither JBI nor any third party will be liable for any errors in the SUMARI web application and information made available via the SUMARI website, or for any actions users take in reliance on the SUMARI web application or information contained on the SUMARI website. Neither you nor any other person may hold JBI liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in respect of the SUMARI web application or website or the transmission or delivery of SUMARI, or for any liability, loss or damage arising from any of them.
  5. We may, at our discretion, remove, modify or update the SUMARI web application or information on the SUMARI website from time to time and without notice to users. Such updates include any modifications, enhancements, improvements, or revisions to the SUMARI web application or information, including any updates to correct errors or to comply with changes to law or industry guidelines.
  6. We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferrable licence to access and use the SUMARI web application subject to these Terms of Use.
  7. You must not collect, use, duplicate, license, sublicense, publish, distribute, rebrand, sell or otherwise make available to any third party, in whole or in part the SUMARI web application and any information, publications or other content published on or made available via the SUMARI web application except as permitted in these Terms of Use or as expressly authorised by us.
  8. You agree that we may access, preserve, use and disclose your personal information if required to do so by law (or by any judicial or regulatory body), where expressly authorised by you, or where in good faith we believe that such access, preservation, use or disclosure is reasonably necessary in our opinion to:
    1. seek feedback on your use of the software and any suggestions
    2. respond to your enquiries;
    3. enforce these Terms of Use;
    4. comply with legal process, including but not limited to civil and criminal subpoenas, court orders or other compulsory disclosures; or
    5. comply with required or commercially prudent record keeping practices.
  9. The Privacy Act 1988 governs how we collect, use, handle and disclose any personal information you provide or disclose to us and forms part of these Terms of Use.
  10. A component of the SUMARI web application uses the Metafor Package: A Meta-Analysis Package for R to generate statistical data. The Metafor package is a free and open-source add-on for conducting meta-analyses with the statistical software environment R and is licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2 available at this link. The SUMARI web application is not integrated with nor dependent on the Metafor package and does not copy, modify or redistribute the Metafor package in any way.

Contact Us

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Joanna Briggs Institute

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