Editorial process for editors

Review proposal process 

For submission of a proposal, authors are expected to fully complete the review proposal form. Editors may be consulted during the decision making process. 

We accept proposals based on editorial priorities, demonstration of the need for the proposed review, clarity of the proposal, feasibility based on the scope of the proposal and the team, and responsiveness to editorial feedback during the proposal period. Our acceptance rate for review proposals in 2015 was 18%.

Protocol process

We provide a template protocol to all authors which aims as a guide and support but can be amended, within Cochrane methodology and standards, to suit the particular protocol. 

A draft protocol must be submitted for editorial review within three months of the acceptance of the proposal. 

Review process

We expect submissions to comply with the standards in the core resources and according to the timelines outlined. 

Update process

Updating a review is required when one or more of the below points are met:  

  • evidence of ongoing uncertainty and the potential that new evidence will change practice
  • new studies become available with sufficient power to change the conclusions of the review
  • update is commissioned by a guideline maker
  • there is a reason to incorporate new methods 

We expect submissions to comply with the standards in the core resources and according to the timelines outlined.