Resources for review authors

Resources for Neonatal Review Authors:

  • Model teaching review (currently being updated) - A model teaching review using the RevMan 5 template. This document  is based on guidelines in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Intervention and includes recommendations specific to reviews prepared for the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group.
  • Overview of Searching Databases for Randomised Trials in Neonatology - Detailed instructions for electronic searches for reviews prepared for the Neonatal Review Group.
  • Preferred meta-analytic Methods in CNRG Reviews - Specific recommendations from the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group for conducting a systematic review.

Standard text for use in Protocols and Reviews:

Getting involved as a Review Author: If you have expertise in some aspect of healthcare, consider joining the relevant Cochrane Group. Being part of a Cochrane 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.

Training - face-to-face

Contact Cochrane Centres or Review Groups about local workshops and courses in review production. Some of these events are listed on the Cochrane workshops page.

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:

 
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Editorial process

Titles

Title registration is done through the Coordinating Editor and Review Group Coordinator. A title registration form must be completed and submitted for each title. Following confirmation at the editorial base that a title is available, the title is formally registered with the review author. The title is circulated via the Titles Manager system to formally announce that this title has been registered. Confirmation of the title registration is sent to the review author for signature and return to editorial office as confirmation of commitment to complete the review. Review authors are advised at the time of title registration that the neonatal editorial policy is that a protocol be submitted within three months from the date of title assignment and that the completed review be submitted by nine months from the date of protocol approval. A new review author is paired with an experienced review author as a co-reviewer where possible. All review authors who are new to the Collaboration are encouraged to attend a reviewer training workshop.

If there is interest expressed in doing a review title that has already been assigned, but this title has not yet reached the protocol stage, the editorial office will contact the review author to whom the title is assigned inquiring if it is possible to team the additional interested party as a co-author. This is encouraged where ever possible.

Protocols

Submitted protocols are commented on by all four of the CNRG editors. During the development of the protocol, reviewers are supported by the editorial team with the provision of methodological advice and technical help as required. Editorial comments from the editors are submitted to the coordinating editor who then relays these comments on to the reviewer. Once editorial comments have been dealt with to the satisfaction of the editorial team, the protocol is submitted to The Cochrane Library.

Reviews

Prior to completing a review, all neonatal reviewers are provided with information regarding our Model Teaching Review (replacing the previous document Reviewer/Editorial Guidelines) developed by the Neonatal Review Group editors. This Model Teaching Review (currently being updated) is to be used along with the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions when preparing a neonatal review. During the development of the review, reviewers are supported by the editorial team with the provision of methodological advice and technical help as required. All reviews submitted for editorial approval are commented on by all four of the CNRG editors on the editorial team, one of whom is our statistician.

Each review is also sent for external referee comments. The external referee is an individual with expertise on the treatment/intervention being reviewed.

Updating

A checklist has been developed which is sent to the reviewer along with a detailed covering note from the coordinating editor which includes any issues that have been identified since the original publication of the review. With the release of the new RevMan5 software, this checklist is being updated and will be posted on our website when complete. This checklist is to be completed and submitted along with an updated review. The editorial office contacts the reviewers when their review updates are due.

Copy Editing:
For all reviews, review updates and protocols, copy editing is done at the editorial base prior to submission to The Cochrane Library. All reviewers are advised to carefully proofread their submission and refer to Cochrane Style Guide prior to submitting it to the editorial office. If any substantial editing to the content is felt to be necessary, the reviewer's approval is always sought prior to making any final edits.