Essential resources and training opportunities

Essential resources

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions - the official guide to producing Cochrane reviews

Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) - highly desirable and mandatory requirements for conduct and reporting of protocols, new reviews and updates

CEU screening tool - this subset of the MECIR standards (above) aimed to guide an audit done by Cochrane's Central Editorial Unit and you may find it helpful to check these main standards before submitting your review/update for editorial review.

Archie - Cochrane's management software

Archie - amend your personal record

RevMan - software to prepare and maintain Cochrane reviews

GRADEpro - software to create Summary of Findings table

PLEACS - standards for reporting of Plain Language Summaries in Cochrane intervention reviews

UPDATED OCTOBER 2018 Cochrane Heart methods guidance - please adhere to our Group specific guidance on specific methodological issues

Common errors and good practice when writing a review protocol - 90 minutes webinar to help to avoid common errors at an early stage

Common errors and good practice in intervention reviews - a list of common errors and suggestions for good practice as identified by the Central Editorial Unit

Incorporating GRADE in reviewsThis resource will help you to adequately bring GRADE methods and ratings into the text of your Cochrane review

Avoid interpreting results as statistically significant - a brief document from Cochrane Vascular

Describing results - A helpful resource to describe your results clearly and consistently

Cochrane Style Manual - the formatting guide for Cochrane reviews

Cochrane's plagiarism policy - avoid plagiarism

Cochrane Glossary - a list of relevant terms and their explanations


Cochrane online training modules Cochrane offers online training modules for each step of the review process. These can be taken at the author’s own pace. To access many of the modules you will need an Archie username and password.

Cochrane Centre and CRG based workshops - With its growing network of local Cochrane Centres, there is greater opportunity for authors to find local, face to face workshop training. These are also great opportunities to meet other authors and exchange ideas, issues, or share problems to find solutions, as well as to gain insights from the experience of Cochrane trainers. 

GRADE and Summary of Findings Tables pathway and webinar - It is mandatory to include a Summary of Findings table for patient-relevant outcomes in your review/update as well as GRADE assessments of the quality of the evidence. 

Other resources

Task Exchange - A platform to find support with your review tasks. The Heart Group encourages authors to leverage Task Exchange for systematic review task completion. We recommend that discussions related to inclusion of authors as well as author order be held prior to initiation of task sharing and that all authors be included in these discussions. All authors must beet ICMJE criteria. We the editors will not mediate these negotiations.

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