Before you start
- Browse the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to identify whether the topic of interest is already covered by a protocol or review.
- Check CCG’s current list of registered titles, protocols and reviews to see if your subject is not covered yet (click ‘full list’)
- Read the CCG module* which describes our review and editorial processes for systematic reviews and/or read our webpage Methodology to be used (* please contact the Editorial Base if access is denied)
Process and Timeline
- Inform the Editorial Base about the research question you are interested in. IMPORTANT: include information on Population, Intervention, Control, Outcome (PICO) in your email. This information is needed for a 1st global screening for overlap.
- In case of no obvious overlap the authors will complete the CCG Review Proposal form and assemble an author team. CCG requires that author teams:
- include at least one author with clinical expertise
- include at least one author who has participated in a published Cochrane review
- include at least one author who is proficient in writing English
- possess (or have access to) the statistical skills
- The Editorial Board will then:
- evaluate if the author team meets all requirements
- evaluate the clinical relevance of the research question
- distribute the Title among all Cochrane review groups to ensure that there is no duplication with their titles, protocols and reviews
- If all conditions are fulfilled, the Editorial Base will inform the authors that they can start preparing the protocol for their review
- Click here for a flow chart of the process and timeline
- See Cochrane's online interactive learning module 2 'Writing the review protocol'
After a Title is registered within Cochrane, the Editorial Board has the right to deregister or transfer the Title to a new author team if the authors do not meet the deadlines or when it becomes clear that the authors won’t be able to perform a high quality systematic review