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 has been developed in response to feedback gathered over many months from researchers and librarians.  We have collaborated closely with The Working Group on Search Strategy Repository & Data Structure, whose members represent the many communities of practice involved with evidence synthesis and information retrieval, led by Neal R. Haddaway, Stockholm Environment Institute and Melissa Rethlefsen, HSLIC, University of New Mexico.

  • Amy Riegelman, University of Minnesota
  • Bethany McGowan, IUPUI
  • Igor Brbre, Royal Sussex County Hospital Library and Knowledge Service
  • Julie Glanville, University of York
  • Justin Clark, Bond University
  • Kate Ghezzi-Kopel, Cornell University
  • Kate Nyhan, Yale University
  • Lina Gulhane, UK Royal College of Physicians
  • Margaret Foster, Texas A&M
  • Melinda Davies, ‎Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
  • Paul Fehrmann, Kent State
  • Sarah Young, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tracy Shields, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth


The Group’s advice and 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.

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


Our searchRxiv team wants to hear any questions, comments and suggestions you may have.

Please email us on support@searchrxiv.org


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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