The standard format for co-publication of a Cochrane Review is an abridged version, and the co-publication of a complete Cochrane Review would be an exceptional circumstance. It is likely that a co-publishing journal will request that the abridged version of the Cochrane Review is peer reviewed and edited according to the journal’s editorial process, and it is possible that the authors will receive additional edits or feedback as part of this process. If appropriate, authors of the Cochrane Review should take these changes into account in the next update of the Cochrane Review. If, during the journal peer review process, authors are asked to change the way they present the review data (e.g. the results and/or conclusions change) in comparison to the CDSR version, the authors should discuss this with the CRG (and Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library, if necessary).
This policy covers the following scenarios for co-publication:
- Publishing summaries of Cochrane Reviews in another journal or resource (e.g. a ‘Cochrane Corner’)
- Simultaneous publication: publication in a journal on the same or similar date
- Prior publication: publication in a journal before publication in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
- Post publication: publishing in a journal after publication in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
- Submitting abstracts to conferences