Registering a new review

What you can expect from us

  • Review methodology – Staff at the editorial base can work with you to develop the best methodology for your review, and can link you with specialist methods Groups for advice on more complicated analyses.
  • Search strategy – Our Information Specialist can work with you to identify the best search terms and keywords to retrieve relevant trials.
  • Identifying trials – Our Information Specialist can help you run the searches on a variety of specialist databases.
  • Statistical support – Our statistician can help you through more complicated analyses, and can answer your questions.
  • English language editing – We will edit manuscripts to a good standard of English if prepared by non-native English speakers. 
  • Data extraction – We will check one completed data extraction form against the original article to ensure you are starting the review in the correct way.
  • Any other help required – We try to help authors in any way we can.  If you have any questions or need any assistance, just get in touch.
  • Contact - We use Skype, video conferencing, telephone, and email – any way possible to provide support to you.  We also have Spanish, German and Italian speakers if needed and we can help (through our volunteers) to assist you in other languages, too.

 What we expect from you

  • Check - that your proposed title does not overlap with any other existing Cochrane Review by searching using keywords.  If your proposal is about the perpetration of aggression or violence, please contact the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Review Group.
  • Title registration -  If your topic is new, write to Helen Wakeford at who will send you a title proposal form.  All proposals are reviewed by all editorial team members.  We review new title proposals twice each year, the next meeting will be in June 2017.  Complete Title Proposal Forms must be received by 1 June 2017.  Please see our Prioritisation Strategy under our Business Plan 2015-20 as a guide to making a case for the importance of your proposed topic (on the left side column of this webpage).  Approximately 10% of title proposals are accepted for registration in any given year.
  • Writing a review - Once you make contact with us, you may be invited to prepare a protocol for your review.
  • Protocol workshops - Authors are encouraged to attend workshops where possible and, if practical, to visit our editorial base in London.
  • Protocols - should normally be submitted to the Managing Editor within two months of a title being registered with the Group.
  • Reviews - Authors will receive one set of search results to complete their review.  The search for studies will be completed following publication of the protocol.  Authors must screen the search results within one month of receipt and inform the editorial team of the number of potentially eligible studies. Based on the number of potentially eligible studies for inclusion into the review, the editorial team and authors will decide on a submission date for the full review.  As a general rule of thumb, the submission date will be based on allocating two weeks per included study.
  • Advice and support - from the editorial team and Managing Editor will be available at all stages of the review process.
  • Comments - from peer-referees are collated and passed back to all authors so that changes can be made to the review before publication. Once all authors fully approve the final version (by submitting their ‘License for Publication’ Form) it will be published on the Cochrane Library.
  • Updating – Review authors may be invited to update their review.  The following tool is used to decide when an update should be completed: Takwoingi Y, Hopewell S, Tovey D, Sutton A. A multicomponent decison tool for prioritising the updating of systematic reviews. BMJ 2013;347:f7191 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f7191.
  • Let us know - how you would like to be involved!  Our collaborators are involved by writing editorials about our reviews, recording podcasts, creating educational videos for YouTube, tweeting about our reviews, adding information to Wikipedia about our work and so forth.  To suggest how you would like to be involved, please contact