Here you can find and download a variety of information and support materials to help you develop your new Cochrane review.
How do I access my RevMan5 file to work on my review?
All reviews must be developed using RevMan5 and accessed through checking your RevMan file in/out of ‘Archie’, the Cochrane Collaboration’s central server for managing and storing documents and contact details. Click here for our Top tips for using Archie and RevMan guide. It is important that you visit the Cochrane Informatics and Knowledge Management Department (IKMD's) author support pages for RevMan and Archie support.
Cochrane Handbook and the Cochrane Style Guide
The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions which is the official document that describes in details the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews. Cochrane reviews should also follow the style described in the Cochrane Style Manual. The 'Related Resources' sidebar on this page explains how you can find examples of our reviews in the Cochrane Library.
Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR)
The Cochrane Collaboration’s Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) project has developed two sets of standards for the conduct and reporting of Cochrane reviews of interventions. When developing your new review please refer to these standards. For more information, see http://www.editorial-unit.cochrane.org/mecir.
GRADE and Summary of findings table
In your review you will need to use the GRADE approach (using GRADEpro GDT software) to assess the quality of the evidence and prepare a Summary of findings (SoF) table to import into your review. We have produced our own 'quick guide' to using GRADE and preparing a SoF table and below you can find three other documents that you will find useful.
- Further guidance on assessing quality according to the five GRADE criteria for RCTs (as mentioned in our 'quick guide to using GRADE').
- Incorporating GRADE in Cochrane reivews (feedback from the CEU review quality screening programme which gives useful examples of how to report GRADE findings in your Abstract, PLS, Results/effects of interventions and Discussion/quality of the evidence sections).
- Information about how to re-express SMD (information relating to reporting continuous data).