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 12 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?

You and your co-authors will need to access ‘Archie’, Cochrane’s central server for managing and storing documents and contact details. You should check out the file from within RevMan. Click here for Good practice resources for new Cochrane authors and Top tips for using Archie and RevMan guide. It is important that you visit Cochrane's community support for RevMan and Archie support.

Cochrane Handbook and the Cochrane Style Guide

Please refer to the Cochrane Handbook which is the official document that describes in details the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews. Cochrane protocols and 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 published protocols and 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.1

Also starting in July 2019, Cochrane Neonatal no longer searches for RCTs and CCTs on the following platforms: or from The World Health Organization’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP), as records from both platforms are added to CENTRAL on a monthly basis (see How CENTRAL is created). Comprehensive search strategies are executed in CENTRAL to retrieve relevant records. The ISRCTN Registry (at, formerly, is searched separately.

Beginning in September 2020, Cochrane Neonatal no longer searches for RCTs and quasi-RCTs from CINAHL, as records are identified and added to CENTRAL on a monthly basis through Cochrane's Centralised Search Service project (see How CENTRAL is created at

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 protocol (and subsequent review) please refer to these standards.  For more information, see

GRADE and Summary of findings table

In your full review you will need to use the GRADE approach (using GRADEpro) to assess the quality of the evidence and prepare a Summary of findings (SoF) table to import into your review.  The Cohrane Consumers and Communication group has produced two helpful resources for creating Summary of findings tables and for understanding the GRADE approach. Additionally, Cochrane Training has a series of webinars on GRADE.

Where do I find out about training workshops and other sources of support?

Please visit Cochrane Training to sign up for in-person author training workshops or to participate in online learning to help you develop your protocol and review. It is also important that you make contact with the Cochrane Center in your region to enquire about the support they can offer you as a Cochrane author and to register for training workshops to help you develop your protocol and review.  Cochrane authors can also access a suite of online learning resources for undertaking a systematic review.

Other useful documents

Other Resources

Rejection Policy

Cochrane Neonatal can reject a protocol or review at any stage before publication. Please see the Cochrane Policy on the rejection of Cochrane Reveiws for more information.

1Ovelman C, Eckert C, Friesen C. Validating Cochrane Neonatal’s standard search databases: is it okay to stop searching Embase? Advances in Evidence Synthesis: special issue. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020; (9 Suppl 1): [320]