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Free tier, accessibility, portability, and security – Nested Knowledge responds!

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We at Nested Knowledge just read a blog about accessibility and portability of systematic review outputs, especially focused on free trials. We thought that the author brought up some very interesting questions, and we thought we’d provide answers for our tool!

What can go wrong with free trials?

Free trial of a single product compared to nothing!
We strongly recommend comparing among all tools available for Systematic Reviews; see a published feature comparison of SR Tools.

What happens to the files and projects when the trial period ends?
At Nested Knowledge, we never delete your projects, prevent editing, or block export; instead, we simply require you to subscribe if you want to create new projects or set up new updatable searches in your ‘living’ systematic reviews.

Platform-dependent reviews and exclusivity
We hate the idea of trapping users into a single approach, so we both enable import of previous reviews and full export of the metadata, data, screening decisions, and all PDFs you’ve loaded into the platform.

Don’t live in your baby’s bubble!

So true! No product is perfect, and in a scientific field, we would strongly prefer to be collaborative and focus on learning. We are very open to collaboration– such as our recent co-webinar with PICO Portal, Dr. Greg Martin, and Dr. Riaz Qureshi on the capabilities of Large Language Models in automating Systematic Reviews!

Engage with the user community!
Totally agreed– on top of our very active and open webinars, we have a user feedback / engagement page. We can always do better here, but if you want to discuss anything beyond features, we’re always available at !

Hear the futurists even if you ignore them.
We probably fall more on the ‘careful’ end when integrating AI/LLMs/automations, but we try not to ignore new developments. Any AI in Nested Knowledge will require human oversight, which does limit the futuristic vision of an ‘automated systematic review’. However, we are very excited about a future where innovators can offer AI that takes more and more of the work off of researchers’ hands, as long as these methods are acceptable to the end consumers of the review outputs.

Provide security and reliability, so I trust you.
You and your organization control access to your projects! If you want it to be totally public, great– we support open research; however, if you need to keep a project totally private to you and your collaborators, that is our standard ‘starting setting’ on all projects.

Be ethical.
If you are a student or researcher in a low or middle-income country and would like to move beyond our free tier, contact support@nested-knowledge for a significant discount on our product.

Free access for comparative researchers.
As above, we’re happy to offer free or discounted access to comparative researchers! We strongly support completing such comparisons (and publishing them, like this recent publication by a user comparing multiple software tools for regulatory reviews).

What can librarians do?
Sign up (try it for free, and then get our Academic Rate for subscription), and we would love librarian input on our Search tools! Specifically, we’re looking to build out more librarian-focused tools in Search Exploration that match current workflows or optimal strategies for comprehensiveness. Again, any suggestions to our feedback board or outreach to  would be appreciated!We also want to thank the author of the original blog for pointing out these key issues– there are many key considerations in selecting a systematic review software, and data portability, security, and accessibility are all vital. If there are any questions or additional considerations on any of these topics, we’re quite open to them!

A blog about systematic literature reviews?

Yep, you read that right. We started making software for conducting systematic reviews because we like doing systematic reviews. And we bet you do too.

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