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The Cochrane Library: Any format, any device, any time

Wiley's new enhanced HTML Systematic Review: Anywhere Systematic Review.

Today, more than ever, we need access to information that is immediate, clear and communicable. As a member of the scientific community we serve, you will know how important it is to have access to that data, whenever you need it, and wherever you are.

To read more information on the Anywhere SR, click here or take a look at a live review here.


Two important enhancements were added to the Anywhere Article this week, as we move towards further additions later this year. 

1) Individual user login - Users can now login in via the the Anywhere Article header. 

2) ReadCube Embedded PDF. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews now have the new ReadCube embedded PDF enabled as the default PDF, on Anywhere Article via the Enhanced Article (HTML) link. The PDF links on the review page are not ReadCube enhanced, as yet. Ensure you use the Enhanced Article to get the best experince from PDF usage.  

Further information about enhancements to the ReadCube program and Anywhere Article will be announced shortly! 


Withdrawn Protocols

Withdrawn Protocls are to be retained with the CDSR database. The citation details are still used and availablity of the original content is required. Further details will follow. Previously deleted protocols will not be republished.

KNOWN ISSUE are issues that are registered, with resolutuions are being worked on by developers from both Wiley and Cochrane, with priority and business decisions coming from CEU, IKMD & Wiley production teams.

  • Cochrane Editorials not being indexed quickly in PubMed since June 2014
  • Single spaces between formatting are not rendered appropriately
  • Delays with display and registering of NIH-funded reviews in PubMedCentral
  • Hyphenation rules causing multiple hyphenations tables in Cochrane Reviews
  • Review was published as amend but failed to update on WOL.

Overview of searching the CDSR.
Start date End date Time period used for limits* Issues searched Issue name displayed in search results
1 March  1 April  TWO most recent issues  Feb + March 2014   Issue 3 of 12, March 2014
 “Issue updated daily throughout month”

* Limits: (1) Search CDSR AND limit to statuses: New, New Search, Conclusions Changed, Major Change; (2) Limit Search results to Current Issue.


Scheduled Maintenance

NEXT release activity FOR cochrane - COMMENCING Saturday 9th Nov 2014.

The Cochrane Library will be undergoing downtime for scheduled maintenance around the middle of November 2014, usually at 10 AM (UK), for approximately 2 hours. 


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Due to the natural of technology and its development, it has become standard practice throughout many organisations to have regular, scheduled, updates to systems. By taking this approach, there is a reduced risk to functionality and other systems. Users can also plan to avoid usage during these maintenance periods.The dates below indicate an expectation of scheduled maintenance which may disrupt access and functionality of The Cochrane Library.(The standard schedule for developer activities commences at 10am (UK Time), and continue for 2 hours, though this is subject to change).These dates are subject to change.Notifications of the expected downtime will be sent out in the week prior to the expected downtime, to users on the Cochrane 'lists' (TSCs, MEs and Cochrane Library User Group).      

Scheduled: Saturday 10 am GMT

9th November 2014

6th December 2014

Record count for Sept Issue 2014


Total Records

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews*


Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects


Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials


Cochrane Methodology Register**


Health Technology Assessment Database


NHS Economic Evaluation Database


About The Cochrane Collaboration†




* Comprises 6094 published reviews and 2357 protocols, of which 34 are new reviews, 38 reviews had a new search and 8 of those had conclusions changed, + 1 conclusion change without new search, 48 new protocols and 3 updated protocol. There were 0 withdrawn reviews and 3 withdrawn protocols. Totalling 235 withdrawn reviews in CDSR.

**CMR  - The CMR database is currently not being updated as from the 31st May due to lack of funding for core activity. It is no longer supported by the UKCC. The plan is to draw together interested individuals to review the current format and focus of this database and consider options to take it forward. If this is of particular interest please contact Jackie chandler

† The Cochrane Collaboration: 1; Cochrane Editorial Unit: 1; Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs): 53; Fields: 11; Methods Groups: 16. There are also 14 Centres (some with specific Branches). Links to their individual websites can be found here.

Access to the archive website update are here.

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