Essential resources and training opportunities

General resources

Review author starter kit LINK

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

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

Core software (Revman 5, Revman Web, Covidence, EPPI-reviewer, GRADEpro GDT) LINK

Cochrane methods (Cochrane Interactive Learning, GRADE approach, Common errors in reviews, NMA methods) LINK

Conflict of interest policy LINK

Useful tips

How to add/amend your affiliation(s) for a review byline LINK

How to update your Cochrane Account details LINK

Cochrane Heart methods guidance (last updated October 2019) LINK

Common errors and good practice when writing a review protocol – 90 minutes webinar (with pdf of presentation slides) LINK

Common errors and good practice in intervention reviews LINK

Incorporating GRADE in reviews LINK

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

Describing results LINK


Cochrane online training modules conducting an intervention review. LINK

Cochrane Centres 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. LINK

GRADE and Summary of Findings Tables - 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. LINK

Common errors - a resource for Editors to enhance editorial skills by identifying the most common errors that can occur in the editorial process of a Cochrane review. LINK

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. LINK