About searchRxiv

searchRxiv (pronounced “search archive”) has been established to support researchers to report, store and share their searches consistently and to enable them to review and re-use existing searches. In any discipline a well-constructed search strategy is at the core of evidence-based research, enabling the comprehensive retrieval of eligible studies to be assessed for relevance, and ensuring that no existing research which may be relevant is missed. Evidence-based study is a complex process typically involving teams of people to identify a question and formulate the protocols and searches which retrieve the evidence for the study. The resulting searches can be long and complex to handle. Consistency in how searches are reported, shared and stored for possible re-use by other users is key to ensure quality across these activities. searchRxiv enables researchers to:
  • Post their searches, ensuring credit for all those involved
  • Obtain a digital object identifier (DOI) for their search, enabling it to be cited
  • Share their searches in a consistent format, allowing others to re-use
  • Comment on searches, allowing them to be improved
  • Link searches to published articles as relevant
  • Find it easier to follow best practice for structuring their search strategy
  • Easily find relevant searches in their subject area by searching across search strings as well as metadata describing those search strings

The site is hosted and managed by CABI (cabi.org), an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

searchRxiv is the result of various surveys, workshops and interviews which CABI has been involved with over many months, in combination with CABI’s expertise from providing search tools to the community.  We have also worked closely with Neal R Haddaway1,2,3* who along with  Melissa Rethlefsen4 led the Working Group on Search Strategy Repository Draft Data Structure;  their combined recommendations,  “Proposal for a standardised file type for documenting systematic searches”  have played a key role in coalescing the initial thinking behind the development of this website

The site will continue to evolve and develop through community driven collaboration with information retrieval and evidence synthesis experts across many disciplines.

1Stockholm Environment Institute, Linnégatan 87D, Stockholm, Sweden

2Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Torgauer Strasse 19, Berlin, Germany

3Africa Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

4Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, United States of America

*neal.haddaway@sei.org, neal_haddaway@hotmail.com


searchRxiv is open for the deposit of searches in any discipline.  

There is no fee to submit searches to searchRxiv.  

Authors retain copyright and choose the option under which to make their search available (CC BY, CC0). By posting on searchRxiv, authors explicitly consent to text mining of their work (e.g., by search engines or researchers).  



By submitting to searchRxiv you confirm that your work has been carried out according to the appropriate ethical research practices. You also confirm that your work is your own, and does not include the content of others without their permission, including text and images. 


Searches can be cited using their digital object identifier (DOI). 

Example: Author AN, Author BT. 2021. My search title. searchRxiv, search doi: 10.31220/searchRxiv.XXX 

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