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Conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

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Policy: conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

Made minor edits to following sections:

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Conflicts of interest and Cochrane ReviewsAmended to correct minor error in text.

 

Policy: conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

Updated text in section 8. If a Cochrane Review Group has questions about conflict of interest. 

 

Conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

New text explaining the relationship between the 2014 and 2020 conflict of interest policies:

Cochrane has two conflict of interest policies relating to Cochrane Library content. Which policy applies to a particular review or update depends on whether the title of the review was registered (or whether work began on the update in the case of an update) before or after 14 October 2014.

 

Policy: conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

Added statement at the top of the page

October 2020: This policy was developed in 2014 and applies to all Cochrane Reviews that were registered before the launch of the Cochrane Conflict of Interest Policy for Cochrane Library Content (2020) on 14 October 2020, and any updates where the work began on the update before this date.

Addition of links to applicable sections of the 2020 policy to Sections 3 and 8. 

 

Potential scenarios and actions for editorial teams and authorsPage removed (guidance obsolete)

Policy: conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

Added following statement at the top of the page: 

March 2020: This policy was developed in 2014 and applies to all Cochrane Reviews until the launch of the new Cochrane Conflict of Interest Policy for Cochrane Library Content, which is planned for July 2020. After the launch of the 2020 policy, the policy set out below will still apply to the following content: protocols being prepared based on new titles registered before the July launch date; protocols for Cochrane Reviews already in progress before the July 2020 launch date; and Cochrane Reviews (including updates) in progress before the July 2020 launch date.

   

Policy: conflicts of interest and Cochrane ReviewsRevised out-of-date organizational and product names, including removing reference to the 'About The Cochrane Collaboration' database and updating Cochrane Steering Group to the Cochrane Governing Board.

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Feedback from Network Associate EditorsFirst version published.

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Licence for publication forms

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Nov 2020 

Policy and process

Where contributions are owned by Employer

  • Added new sentence regarding when contributions are owned by employer
  • New page 

 

 

Submitting forms on behalf of an authorUpdated "may" to "Removed "no form is required, but a Managing Editor must submit a form to enable publication" from circumstance two, when an author is deceased, as this was in contradiction to the directions for editors at Deceased authors.

 

Policy and process


Where contributions are owned by Employer

  • Added new sentence regarding when contributions are owned by employer


  • New page 

 

Submitting forms on behalf of an authorUpdated "may" to "must".

 

GeneralWith effect from 25 February 2011, Managing Editors are no longer required to send paper copies of Licence for Publication forms to the Central Executive Team.

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Proposals for new Cochrane Reviews: editorial management

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Review

 

Editorial process: titlesAdded wording that Methodology Reviews should be handled by the Methodology Review Group only

 

Review proposal formsMinor corrections to all forms

 

Review proposal forms

Updated forms for Cochrane Reviews of interventions, diagnostic test accuracy, methology, and prognosis studies, and for Cochrane overviews.

Review proposal formsAdded form for methodology Cochrane Reviews.

 

Review proposal formsUpdated forms for Cochrane Reviews of interventions and diagnostic test accuracy studies. Added new form for Cochrane Reviews of prognosis studies.

 

Review proposal forms
  • Renamed "Managing title registration (for Cochrane Review Groups)" to "Review proposal forms". Removed historical note that these forms, developed by the Cochrane Editorial Resources Committee (since disbanded), were previously called Title Registration Forms and were renamed "review proposal forms" in 2013.
  • Updated to latest version of forms (August 2019), including revisions for data protection compliance.

 

Editorial process: titlesCollated relevant information; added the flowchart (previously linked to Managing expectations: what does Cochrane expect of authors, and what can authors expect of Cochrane?).

 

General
  • Title change from "Registering titles for new Cochrane Reviews" to two sections "Cochrane Review proposals" (for prospective authors) and "Managing proposals for new Cochrane Reviews".
  • Removed text about registering diagnostic test accuracy reviews (out of date).

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Peer review: editorial management

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Peer review checklists

Updated checklists to include up to date links to Handbook:
 Inviting peer reviewers

Updated information on what the invitation email to authors should include: 

"The invitation email should contain the following:

The title and abstract and plain language summary of the Cochrane Review (or title only if a protocol);" 

 

Acknowledgement 

Cleared up an inconsistency between the policy and guidance around Acknowledgement of peer reviewers: The policy states a named peer-review process, but does not state that peer review names need to be made publicly available. The guidance implied that peer reviewer names should be made publicly available unless anonymity was agreed by the EinC. The wording in the guidance has been changed in the following sections to address this inconsistency: 
Display on CRG website 
Acknowledgement in the Cochrane Review 

 Declarations of potential conflicts of interest for peer reviewers: implementation informationCorrected link to conflict of interest policy
 AcknowledgementCorrected Archie search term from "Peer reviewer" to "External referee".
 Exceptions to named peer review: editorial managementAdded "Reason(s) for opting to remain anonymous" to the list of information that needs to be provided to the Editorial & Methods Department.
 Cochrane TaskExchange: new peer reviewersNew section added.
 Peer review checklists

Updated guidance for consumer peer reviewers to v3. General updates/revisions to branding/format, contact details, and terminology.

Updated peer review checklists to v3. Added data protection statement, updated acknowledgement, links and formatting.

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