Create a new review by Registering a title in Archie. New reviews can be blank or use an existing review file as a template. Only those with Maximum review permissions (typically MEs or Super Users) in a group can create new reviews.

The below instructions are not applicable if your group has moved to using Editorial Manager.

Register a new Title

  1. Choose File > New > Review... to start the Review Wizard.
  2. On the opening screen of the Wizard, choose the Review Type, then Click Next.
  3. Choose Register a Title, then click Next.
  4. If you have permission to create reviews in multiple CRGs, select the relevant CRG from the pull down list.
  5. Enter a review number (optional), then click Next.
  6. Enter the new Title and click Next. The Wizard does an automatic search for potential duplicates. If a title is found that seems to overlap with the one you are registering, click Cancel and investigate further. Else click Next.
  7. Choose a review that will be used as template for the new review, or leave blank to create an empty review, and click Next. There are two buttons to use when you pick a template. The first one lets you find any Archie review, the second one lets you browse your group's Files folder rm5 files. When you base a new review on a template, all the template's content will be copied into the new review. See 'Review templates' below.
  8. Assign a Contact Person and one or more Authors. To do this, select a Document role from the pull-down list, select a Person, and click Add. Repeat as necessary. If the person you are looking for does not have a record in Archie, you can create a record and linked Cochrane Account directly in the Select Person window. Click New person and follow all instructions in the Person Wizard. When you are finished adding authors, click Next.
  9. Assign any relevant topics (optional), and click Next.
  10. Confirm the Document role and Person information, and click Finish. The new Title appears in the Resources tree view under Registered Titles in the Reviews folder (try View > Refresh if you are not immediately able to see it).

Review Types

Reviews are divided into five types. Four of these have fully established content and methods:

  • Intervention review
  • Diagnostic test accuracy review
  • Methodology review
  • Overview of reviews

The fifth type, 'Flexible review' is divided into four subtypes:

  • Prognosis
  • Qualitative
  • Prototype - non-specific format
  • Rapid review 

Non-standard title format

It is possible to register titles that do now follow one of the standard formats. Please check with your Network Associate Editor if you have any queries.

Review templates

New reviews can be either blank or based on a template protocol file stored in Archie. Protocol templates provide authors with a review that is pre-filled with instructions or default text.

Create a template file

  1. In Archie, create a registered title
  2. If you are creating a template for use in the Editorial Manager title registration process, please use naming convention Template for X, where X is the review type (listed below)
    1. Intervention review
    2. Diagnostic test accuracy review
    3. Methodology review
    4. Overview of reviews
    5. Prognosis review
    6. Qualitative review
    7. Rapid review
    8. Prototype review
  3. Add members of the editorial team as Contact Person and Authors
  4. You can choose a blank RevMan file to create the template - this will be populated with the standard protocol headings only. You can also choose an existing protocol file.
  5. Open the protocol in RevMan Web or RevMan 5 and edit your template
  6. Submit to Archie
  7. The template can now be used for new reviews

Vacant Titles

Review Groups may want to create Vacant Titles to maintain a record of topics or titles that have not yet been registered to specific authors, for example to record high-priority topics that have not yet been covered by the Group.

Similarly, Vacant Titles can be used for previously registered but now relinquished titles on important topics.

Note: If you have an inactive Protocol that you hope will become re-activated, you may consider having it listed as a Vacant Title. However, if the Protocol has previously been published, you cannot set the stage back to Vacant or Registered Title.

Vacant Titles are created in the same way as Titles (see above), except that you choose Vacant Title on the second screen of the Wizard and do not need to assign a Contact Person or Authors.
See also Splitting and merging reviews.