Author resources for NEW REVIEWS

Here you can find and download a variety of information and support materials to help you develop your new Cochrane review.

Review Timeline 

The completed review is due to be submitted nine months following publication of the protocol. Cochrane Neonatal reserves the right to de-register the title or transfer the title to a new author if these deadlines are not met.

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.

Search Methodology

Cochrane Neonatal has created a standard search strategy to limit for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) conducted in the field of neonatology. The RCT filters have been created using Cochrane's highly sensitive search strategies for identifying randomized trials (Higgins 2019). The neonatal search filters for each database were created and tested by the Cochrane Neonatal Information Specialist. As of July 2019, Cochrane Neonatal no longer searches Embase for its reviews. RCTs and controlled clinical trials (CCTs) from Embase are added to the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) via a robust process (see How CENTRAL is created). Cochrane Neonatal has validated their searches to ensure that relevant Embase records are found while searching CENTRAL.

If you are using our search strategy to search for non-Cochrane reviews, please cite the search as follows:

Friesen C, Ovelman C. Cochrane Neonatal search strategy. (date accessed).

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

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.

Other Resources