The updating classification system is a decision-making framework to help Cochrane Review Groups decide which Cochrane Reviews to update and to be able to report on the updating status of a Cochrane Review.

The classification system also enables editorial teams to sort their portfolio of reviews into those in development and those up-to-date. See Reviews

The Updating tab appears on the review Properties sheet once a review has been published as a Full review. The Updating tab is only available for Full Reviews (Intervention and DTA). Only users with Max review permissions can apply an updating status. Classification status can be viewed in the Review folder view, and details are available as reports or when exporting Review data from search results.

Updating tab

  • Updating status - the overall updating status of the review. There is a fixed list of statuses.
  • Rationale - a brief reason for the relevance and status. There is a fixed list of rationales.

In addition, the following fields can be completed:

  • Explanation - provides more detail about the reasoning for the relevance and status. This section is free text, but sample texts are provided for editors to adapt.
  • Internal notes - allows you to record further data, which will not be published and only visible on the Updating tab.
  • History - Records the history of the updating classifications. Each classification is linked to a particular review version.

Apply a classification

  1. Review Properties > Updating tab
  2. Set Update Status
  3. Set Rationale 
  4. Edit the default text in the Explanation text field if you wish. Note: The Explanation text field has a maximum character count of 400 characters (including spaces).
  5. Click Save and Publish.
  6. A new entry appears at the top of the list in the History table.

Note: If you edit an existing classification and then Save button, the Updating Classification system will create a new draft in the History table.

Add fields to an explanation

  1. Place the cursor in the explanation text field.
  2. Choose a field from the pull-down list below the explanation text field and click Insert.

Update internal notes

  1. Review Properties > Updating tab
  2. Place the cursor in the notes text field and type your text
  3. Click Save and Publish
  4. Click OK to continue A new entry appears at the top of the list in the History table.

View a classification's history

All classifications are recorded in the History table of the Updating tab. The History table consists of the following columns:

  • Review's classification publication status
  • Date Revised - date and time when the review status has been revised.
  • DOI - the DOI of the review's particular version.
  • Version No - Archie review version which the classified status is linked to.
  • Status - the Update status.
  • Rationale - a brief description for the updated status.
  • Revised By - the person who revised a classification version.

Deleting versions

Only draft classifications can be deleted.

To delete a draft from the History

  1.  In the History option choose any draft you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete and then OK to confirm deleting.