From 1 September 2023 all new draft submissions should be transferred directly to the Central Editorial Service. Please continue the editorial process for revised submissions only. If you have any queries about the best action to take for a particular submission, please contact Cochrane Support.
The editorial process in Editorial Manager has built-in ME Checks for different stages of the review production process, to allow you to evaluate the quality of new submissions.
You will see new manuscripts requiring checks under Direct to Editor New Submissions or Direct to Editor Revised Submissions in your Editor 'To-Do' List
Completing these checks represents good editorial practice, and is mandatory in Editorial Manager.
There are specific checklists for different review stages:
- ME Submission check - for new first drafts. (If authors are submitting a draft to EM for the first time, you may wish to complete this check even if the authors have revised their review in response to previous editor feedback. This will ensure you check the authors' first Declarations of Interest in Convey. See Convey guidance.)
- ME Revision check - for drafts returned by authors responding to editor or peer reviewer comments.
- ME Acceptance check - sign-off of final version before copy edit
|Task||Purpose||Checklist questions||When?||Assign to|
ME Submission Check
|Quality assessment of new first drafts||New draft protocol, review or update submitted||ME or editorial team member|
ME Revision Check
|Quality assessment of drafts returned by authors responding to editor or peer reviewer comments||Revised protocol, review or update submitted||ME or editorial team member|
ME Acceptance Check
|Quality assessment of sign-off of final version before copy edit||Final version of protocol, review or update submitted||ME or editorial team member (Sign-off editor)|