How to prepare a Cochrane Review

The Cochrane Reviews in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) are prepared by author teams who register titles with one of the 53 Cochrane Review Groups. Each Cochrane Review Group focuses on a specific topic area and is led by a Co-ordinating Editor(s) and an editorial team including a Managing Editor and Trials Search Co-ordinator. The Cochrane Review Groups provide authors with methodological and editorial support to prepare Cochrane Reviews, and manage the editorial process, including peer review.

Authors of registered Cochrane Reviews should contact their Cochrane Review Group for support, information about editorial processes, and information about editorial deadlines.

Authors interested in preparing a Cochrane Review should contact the Cochrane Review Group that covers the area of interest for information about the registration process. Prospective authors should first browse the CDSR to identify whether the topic of interest is already covered by an ongoing protocol or review.

Author resources include the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions, the Cochrane Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews (in development), Review Manager (software used to prepare Cochrane Reviews) and the associated user guide, the Cochrane Style Guide, and the Glossary of Terms in The Cochrane Collaboration. A list of training resources, including workshops, for Cochrane Review authors is available on ‘training resources’ page of The Cochrane Collaboration website.

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