How to get involved as a review author?
We would welcome newcomers who interest in developing the Cochrane reviews with Thai Cochrane Network, on board with our review author team.
If you have expertise in some aspect of healthcare, consider joining the relevant Cochrane Review Group. If there is not yet a group which covers your specialty, register your interest in being part of a new group. Being part of a Cochrane review group provides the support, resources and training to tackle a systematic review, and an international audience when your work is published in The Cochrane Library
Please contact Woraluk Somboonporn firstname.lastname@example.org for more inquiries about developing the cochrane review.
All Cochrane systematic reviews are needed to follow step-by-step of the editorial process below.
To register your title must contact the Co-ordinator of each Cochrane Review Group. The title should be not already undertaken by someone else and address a reasonable question which meets Cochrane standards - an intervention for a health-care problem.
Once your title has been accepted, you then start writing the protocol to state what and how you plan to do it. The review author has to submit the protocol to the editorial based in RevMan (a software designed for the editing of Cochrane systematic reviews) within six months from submission of title.
Once your protocol has been published you will proceed with writing the review. There will be a deadline for the submission of the review for around twelve months from the approval of the protocol but no later than two years (or as agreed with the editorial base). After the final review has been approved by the editorial, your review woud be submitted for inclusion in The Cochrane Library.
Cochrane review must be updated every two years from the date last searched. If the Editorial Team recognises that a review has become significantly out-of-date and the review authors do not take any action, the Editorial Team may either consider trasfering responsibility for the review to a third party or withdraw the review from The Cochrane Library. Updated reviews will be peer reviewed in a manner similar to that described for reviews above.
Review Production Resouces for review authors:
- Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions - the official guide to producing Cochrane reviews
- RevMan homepage - documentation and support for software for preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews
- GRADEpro - (GRADEprofiler) is the software used to create Summary of Findings (SoF) tables in Cochrane systematic reviews
- Cochrane Style Resource - compare your Cochrane Review against the official style guide
- Using Individual Patient Data - Power Point slides
- Re-publishing of reviews - explanation of procedures and permission form if you wish to re-publish your review in another scientific journal
- Reporting Guidelines
CONSORT - reporting of RCTs
PRISMA (formerly QUOROM) [PDF document] - preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses
STROBE - reporting of observational studies in epidemiology
EQUATOR Network - collection of reporting guidelines
- Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Group
- Submission deadlines - includes information on deadlines for Copy Edit Support and module/CENTRAL submissions, as well as publication dates for The Cochrane Library
Training - online
- Open Learning Materials - learn the steps in convenient online modules which supplement the Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook in helping you gain skills and complete your review.
Training resources provided by other organizations:
- Undertaking Systematic Reviews of Research on Effectiveness - an extensive guide by the NHS Centre for Reviews & Dissemination