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Appeals policy: editorial management

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Support resources (appeals)Added information about COPE and relevant resources.

 August 2017

GeneralFirst version published.

Access to archive of Cochrane Reviews

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General text updates, including adding in subheadings, and new link to form to access archive for methological use.

Article sharing

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Inclusion in PubMed CentralUpdated introductory information to reflect closure of PMC Canada.

 

GeneralSection renamed from "Including Cochrane Reviews and Protocols in Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs) and Repositories", and separated into general policy and information about including in PubMed Central. October 2018ADDUpdated general policy text with a link to howIcanshareit.com and a link to Wiley's information on Scholarly Communication Networks.
October 2018Inclusion in PubMed CentralClarification of dates in NIHR Programme Grants section.

GeneralUpdated to include scholarly collaboration networks and to reflect new green open access policy

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Deceased authorsUpdated Archie/RevMan guidance on email address format.

 

Criteria for authorship (authors on the by-line)

Updated section on 'Acknowledgements' to clarify permission must be granted by named individuals and added a link to relevant section of the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals.

 

Authors using a group name

Separated Archie/RevMan guidance from general guidance.

Change in author affiliationAdded new section on a change to author affiliation.

 

Deceased authorsUpdated process for the licence for publication form when author deceased (advised by Publisher): a signed licence is required, but the licence may be submitted by the corresponding author on the others’ behalf (provided he/she had the deceased authors’ agreement and consent to publish in advance of their passing).

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GeneralAdded an example of when a new citation is not required: addition of new information to a withdrawal notice.

 

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  • Further introductory sentence added to provide further information about how What's New events are used.
  • Text changed to indicate that when updating a review, 'What's New' events from previously published versions "must", rather than "should", be moved from the active 'What's New' table to the 'History' table.
  • Column heading changed from "'What's new' events to select" to "'What's New' events to select in RevMan".

  

General
  • Page title changed from “What's New events (publishing events) in Cochrane Reviews: new publication, new citation, or change in publication status” to “Policy for assigning ‘What’s New’ events”
  • Text changed to clarify policy requirements
  • Text about citations moved to new section ‘About citation versions’.

 

General

Added an example of when a new citation is not required: addition of a comment and/or a reply to the feedback section but with no other changes to the (apart from minor typographical errors).

 

General

Scenarios updated; the previous iteration of the policy is available as a PDF file.

Authorship and contributorship

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Deceased authors: RevMan and Archie guidanceMinor edit to correct the order of the steps in the guidance.

 

GeneralCombined pages on the Handbooks (intervention and DTA) with links to websites for both resources.

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  • 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".
  • Clarified what is policy, and provided links for additional information for authors and editors.

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Authorship disputes New section (replace sentence in older version) with link out to relevant COPE resources.

 

Deceased authorsUpdated Archie/RevMan guidance on email address format.

 

Criteria for authorship (authors on the by-line)

Updated section on 'Acknowledgements' to clarify permission must be granted by named individuals and added a link to relevant section of the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals.

  

Authors using a group name

Separated Archie/RevMan guidance from general guidance.

Change in author affiliationAdded new section on a change to author affiliation.

 

Deceased authorsUpdated process for the licence for publication form when author deceased (advised by Publisher): a signed licence is required, but the licence may be submitted by the corresponding author on the others’ behalf (provided he/she had the deceased authors’ agreement and consent to publish in advance of their passing).

Cochrane Handbooks

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Policy (Cochrane Review updates)Definition of updates and amendments: removed note that definitions from Handbook

 

General revisionSeparated policy into sections

 

Living systematic reviewsAdded information about living systematic reviews.

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GeneralUpdated link to new Handbook.

  

GeneralCombined pages on the Handbooks (intervention and DTA) with links to websites for both resources.

Complaints procedure: Cochrane Library

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Cochrane Review versions and citationsNew page

 

Policy for assigning ‘What’s New’ events
  • Page title changed from “What's New events (publishing events) in Cochrane Reviews: new publication, new citation, or change in publication status” to “Policy for assigning ‘What’s New’ events”
  • Text changed to clarify policy requirements
  • Text about citations moved to new section ‘About citation versions’.

 

Policy for assigning ‘What’s New’ events

Added an example of when a new citation is not required: addition of a comment and/or a reply to the feedback section but with no other changes to the (apart from minor typographical errors).

 

Digital object identifier (DOI) and website address (URL) of a Cochrane Review

Updated with new Cochrane Library URL and Crossref DOI display guidelines.

 

Policy for assigning ‘What’s New’ events

Scenarios updated; the previous iteration of the policy is available as a PDF file.

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GeneralChanged to link to policy on Cochrane Library to remove duplication of content.

Cochrane Review Group Specialized Register: request for exemptions

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Cochrane Review proposals

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  • 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".
  • Clarified what is policy, and provided links for additional information for authors and editors.

 

Proposals for new Cochrane Reviews: editorial management

Flowchart for registration of new titles replaced by guidance to accompany revised proposal forms. Added information on conflict of interest declarations, data protection, and storage of forms. 

Cochrane Review updates

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Added report of Comments received during 2018. Updated information on how to cite comments.

Complimentary Cochrane Library access for Cochrane authors and Groups

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  • Removed section about Journalists (as information available on Cochrane Library).
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Policy: Cochrane Review updatesDefinition of updates and amendments: removed note that definitions from Handbook.

  

General revisionSeparated policy into sections.

 

Living systematic reviewsGeneral update; and this section added to updates.

Citation versions: DOIs and URLs

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Digital object identifier (DOI) and website address (URL) of a Cochrane Review

Updated with new Cochrane Library URL and Crossref DOI display guidelines.

Comments: policy

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All sectionsMinor changes to update in relation to new processes for managing Comments

 

Policy and process overviewUpdated contact details

 

Reports and presentations

Added report of Comments received during 2018. Updated information on how to cite comments.

Comments: editorial management

Title changed from "Publishing summaries of Cochrane Reviews in another journal or resource (e.g. a ‘Cochrane Corner’)" to "Publishing summaries(e.g. a ‘Cochrane Corner’) of Cochrane Reviews in another journal or resource".
  • Added AJPMR, Developmental NeuroRehabilitation, JMNI, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Updated contact details.
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    Policy and overview (co-publication)Minor updates to names/dates etc.

     

    Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane Reviews
    • Title changed from "Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane Reviews" to "Agreements with journals for the co-publication of Cochrane Reviews".
    • Added Canadian Urological Association Journal, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, and PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).
    • Updated contact details.

     

    Publishing summaries (e.g. a ‘Cochrane Corner’) of Cochrane Reviews in another journal or resource

     

    Simultaneous publication: publication in a journal on the same or similar date
    • Updated contact details.

     

    Prior publication: publication in a journal before publication in the CDSR
    • Updated contact details.

     

    Post-publication: publishing in a journal after publication in the CDSR
    • Updated contact details.

     

    Co-publication forms and templates
    • Updated contact details.
    • Updated contact details and minor edits to Word file (Cochrane-copublication-form).

     

    Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane ReviewsAdded Journal of Evidence-based Medicine and Chinese Journal of Evidence-based Medicine.

     

    Co-publication process: how to request and implementUpdated links and added new process diagram for clarity.

     

    Co-publishing Updates of Cochrane ReviewsUpdated links to "permission to co-publish" form and "Co-publication process".

     

    Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane ReviewsCo-publication agreements: added "Journal of Evidence-based Medicine" and "Chinese Journal of Evidence-based Medicine".

     

    n/aUpdated to reflect restructure of this section.

     

    Permission to reuse Cochrane Reviews

    New section added: 'Inclusion of a Cochrane Protocol or Review in a thesis or dissertation'.

     

    n/aMinor copy edits.

     

    n/aMinor copy edits.

    n/aFirst publication of the co-publication policy. Policy was developed by Cochrane (Harriet MacLehose and David Tovey) and Cochrane's publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (Bryony Urquhart and Deborah Pentesco-Gilbert).

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    All sectionsMajor revisions to reflect changes to the process for managing Comments.

     

    Process for dealing with submitted commentsUpdated to reflect minor changes in process for screening Comments

     

    Receiving and responding to commentsUpdated to reflect minor changes in process for screening Comments

    Complimentary Cochrane Library access for Cochrane authors and Groups

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    • Renamed from “Complimentary access to the Cochrane Library” to “Complimentary Cochrane Library access for Cochrane authors and Groups”.
    • Removed section about Journalists (as information available on Cochrane Library).
    • Removed section about "People with complimentary subscriptions activated before August 2013" as no longer applicable.

     

    Complimentary subscriptions changed to online access only.

    Complimentary access to selected Wiley journals for Cochrane Review Groups and Satellites

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    Updated list of journals from Wiley.

     

    Updated to include access for Cochrane Review Group Satellites.

    Conflict of interest: steps to action Research Integrity Editors and CoI panel decisions

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    Conflict of interest: steps to action Funding Arbiter decisions

    Page renamed Conflict of interest: steps to action Research Integrity Editors and CoI panel decisions and updated throughout to reflect that decisions relating to Cochrane's conflict of policy are now made by Research Integrity Editors and the CoI panel (previously Funding Arbiters). 

     

    Table 1: Which What's New/publishing event to useWhat's New/publishing event for Protocols changed from 'Major Change', which generates a new citation, to 'Amended' (no new citation) to be consistent with the event required for Reviews.

        

    Conflict of interest: steps to action Funding Arbiter decisionsFirst version published.

    Conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

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    Policy: conflicts of interest and Cochrane Reviews

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    2.2.3.

     

    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.

    Co-publication

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    General updateUpdated heading from "IMS workflow for Cochrane Reviews" to "Editorial workflows for Cochrane Reviews". Added information about using workflows for reviews with no update planned.

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    • Title chagned from "International editorial policies and good practice" to “International editorial organizations: information for Cochrane Editors”

    • Highlighted where Cochrane membership opportunities.

    • Updated contact details.
    • Updated description of EQUATOR Network
    • Added section on ORCID (text moved from separate standalone page). Removed line about Cochrane Library publication of ORCID IDs.

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    • Field added for digital object identifier (DOI) version number.
    • Revised authorship criteria for consistency with ICMJE criteria.
    • Authors are directed to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource for Cochrane’s updating policy.
    • Removed text about Cochrane Review Group approval ahead of publication (moved to Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource).
    • Changed following author rights:
      • Revised the rights to post in repositories and Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs).
      • Added sharing rights with colleagues.
    • Updated the section on contributions owned by Employer to include US National Institutes of Health (US NIH) employees and grantees, and UK National Institute for Health Research (UK NIHR).
    • Updated hyperlinks and minor text edit updates, including the addition of generic email addresses for all Wiley contacts and directing authors to Rightslink for permission requests.

    Note: Note that version 3 of the Cochrane standard (green OA) licence for publication form was due to launch on 21September 2016. Due to a technical hitch the new licence for publication form was not actually available until 14 October 2016. During this time 53 Cochrane Reviews and 29 Cochrane protocols were published under the previous version of the licence for publication. We would like to apologize for this and assure all Authors affected that we will honour the new licence terms, as described above. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Cochrane Editorial & Methods Department (emd@cochrane.org).

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    Open access changes:

    • Amended to reflect the introduction of green open access.
    • Introduces the new right for authors to post the final accepted version of the Protocolor Review (in a format specified by the Publisher) in an institutional repository or any repository mandated by the author’s funder, such as [insert an appropriate example], 12 months after publication.
    • Introduces text to explain automatic deposition to PMC and free access on CDSR 12 months after publication
    • Clarifies the right to post the Protocol or Review as an electronic file on the author’s own website and/or the author’s institution’s intranet (previously stated website), using the PDF version of the article available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

    Other change:

    • Minor editing to the introductory text in italic as shown in the Policy Manual and RevMan versions (not needed in the Archie version).

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    Standard | Protocol for a Cochrane Review

    Open access changes:

    • Amended to reflect the introduction of green open access.
    • Introduces the new right for authors to post the final accepted version of the Protocol or Review (in a format specified by the Publisher) in an institutional repository or any repository mandated by the author’s funder, such as [insert an appropriate example], 12 months after publication.
    • Introduces text to explain automatic deposition to PMC and free access on CDSR 12 months after publication
    • It also clarifies the right to post the Protocol or Review as an electronic file on the author’s own website and/or the author’s institution’s intranet (previously stated website), using the PDF version of the article available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. These new terms are backdated to 1 February 2013 for all authors who have signed the Licence for Publication Form between 1 February 2013 and today.

    Other changes:

    • New sections added to the Archie and RevMan versions (were already included in the Cochrane Policy Manual version): UK Government work (Crown Copyright); US Government work; Other Government work; World Health Organization (WHO) work.
    • New addition: National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees.
    • Minor editing to the introductory text in italic as shown in the Policy Manual and RevMan versions (not needed in the Archie version).
    Addendum to licence for publication of a World Health Organization (WHO) manuscript as a Cochrane Review 

    Licence version*

    Release date

    Explanation of changes from previous version

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    • External links updated.

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    • Field added for digital object identifier (DOI) version number.
    • Revised authorship criteria for consistency with ICMJE criteria.
    • Authors are directed to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource for Cochrane’s updating policy.
    • Removed text about Cochrane Review Group approval ahead of publication (moved to Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource).
    • Changed following author rights:
      • Revised the rights to post in repositories and Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs).
      • Added sharing rights with colleagues.
    • Updated the section on contributions owned by Employer to include US National Institutes of Health (US NIH) employees and grantees, and UK National Institute for Health Research (UK NIHR)
    • Updated hyperlinks and minor text edits, including the addition of generic email addresses for all Wiley contacts and directing authors to Rightslink for permission requests.

    Note: Note that version 3 of the Cochrane standard (green OA) licence for publication form was due to launch on 21 September 2016. Due to a technical hitch the new licence for publication form was not actually available until 14 October 2016.  During this time 53 Cochrane Reviews and 29 Cochrane protocols were published under the previous version of the licence for publication. We would like to apologise for this and assure all Authors affected that we will honour the new licence terms, as described above. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Cochrane Editorial & Methods Department (emd@cochrane.org).

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    Updated Wiley contact info to Tony Aburrow, Senior Editor, Wiley; taburrow@wiley.com

     

    Updated to clarify what types of co-publication are available on both pages. 

     

    Australian Occupational Therapy Journal changed to 'original commentary' only

     

    Renamed from 'Co-publication forms and templates' and moved template information to Co-publication templates for CRG Managing Editors in the For Editors: editorial management section. 

     


    Policy and Overview:

    • General edits made. 

    Arranging co-publication of a Cochrane Review:

    • This is a new page includes information on how to arrange a post-publication and same day publication (previously ‘simultaneous publication’). 
    • This page also includes a workflow for arranging single permission requests. 

    Co-publication agreements with other journals:

    • This page used to be named ‘Agreements with journals for the co-publication of Cochrane Reviews’.
    • There is now a single, updated list of journals with Cochrane co-publication agreements
      with further information on what format each journal can publish. The list also
      includes journals previously listed in the ‘Publishing summaries (e.g. ‘Cochrane
      Corner’)’ page which has now been deleted. 

    Co-publication forms and templates

    • An updated Word form has been added to ‘Co-publication forms and templates’ page. 

    Reuse of published Cochrane content by Cochrane Groups

    • New page

    The following pages have been deleted:

    • Publishing summaries (e.g. a ‘Cochrane Corner’)
    • Simultaneous publication 
    • Prior publication: publication in a journal before publication in the CDSR 
    • Post-publication: publishing in a journal after publication in the CDSR
    • Co-publishing Updates of Cochrane Reviews 
    • Co-publication process: how to request and implement 

      

    Policy and overviewMinor updates to names/dates etc.

     

    Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane Reviews
    • Title changed from "Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane Reviews" to "Agreements with journals for the co-publication of Cochrane Reviews".
    • Added Canadian Urological Association Journal, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, and PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).
    • Updated contact details.

      

    Publishing summaries (e.g. a ‘Cochrane Corner’) of Cochrane Reviews in another journal or resource

      

    Simultaneous publication: publication in a journal on the same or similar date
    • Updated contact details.

     

    Prior publication: publication in a journal before publication in the CDSR
    • Updated contact details.

     

    Post-publication: publishing in a journal after publication in the CDSR
    • Updated contact details.

     

    Co-publication forms
    • Updated contact details.
    • Updated contact details and minor edits to Word file (Cochrane-copublication-form).

     

    Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane ReviewsAdded Journal of Evidence-based Medicine and Chinese Journal of Evidence-based Medicine.

     

    Co-publication process: how to request and implementUpdated links and added new process diagram for clarity.

     

    Co-publishing Updates of Cochrane ReviewsUpdated links to "permission to co-publish" form and "Co-publication process".

     

    Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane ReviewsCo-publication agreements: added "Journal of Evidence-based Medicine" and "Chinese Journal of Evidence-based Medicine".

     

    n/aUpdated to reflect restructure of this section.

     

    Permission to reuse Cochrane Reviews

    New section added: 'Inclusion of a Cochrane Protocol or Review in a thesis or dissertation'.

     

    n/aMinor copy edits.

     

    n/aMinor copy edits.

    n/aFirst publication of the co-publication policy. Policy was developed by Cochrane (Harriet MacLehose and David Tovey) and Cochrane's publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (Bryony Urquhart and Deborah Pentesco-Gilbert).

    Co-publication templates for CRG Managing Editors

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    GeneralNew.

    Copy Edit Support

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    General

    Updated contact details for Copy Edit Support and updated team membership.

    Date fields in Cochrane Reviews: overview

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    General 

    Removed ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ and ‘Date next stage expected’ 

    Details of removed content: 

    Image Added

     

    GeneralUpdated to match current format for published Cochrane Reviews.

     

    GeneralRevised to focus on date fields only. Title changed from "Dates and events in Cochrane Reviews" to reflect this change.

    Defamation

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    GeneralSection changed from "Libel" to "Defamation". Updated links to publisher resources, and added section on "For Editors" plus updated contact details.

    Editorial responsibility and approval

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    GeneralNew section that combines previous sections on editorial approval and editorial responsibility.

    Editorial workflows for Cochrane Reviews

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    General updateUpdated heading from "IMS workflow for Cochrane Reviews" to "Editorial workflows for Cochrane Reviews". Added information about using workflows for reviews with no update planned.

    EMD screening resources

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    Feedback from Network Associate EditorsFirst version published.

    Impact factor

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    General2019 impact factor added.

     

    General2018 impact factor report added.

    International editorial organizations: information for Cochrane Editors

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    General
    • Title chagned from "International editorial policies and good practice" to “International editorial organizations: information for Cochrane Editors”.

    • Highlighted where Cochrane membership opportunities.

    • Updated contact details.
    • Updated description of EQUATOR Network.
    • Added section on ORCID (text moved from separate standalone page). Removed line about Cochrane Library publication of ORCID IDs.

     

    GeneralUpdated information on activating ISMTE membership.

    Licence for publication forms

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    Submitting forms on behalf of an authorRemoved "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.

    Standard | Cochrane Review

    Licence version

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    Explanation of changes from previous version

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    • External links updated.

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    • Field added for digital object identifier (DOI) version number.
    • Revised authorship criteria for consistency with ICMJE criteria.
    • Authors are directed to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource for Cochrane’s updating policy.
    • Removed text about Cochrane Review Group approval ahead of publication (moved to Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource).
    • Changed following author rights:
      • Revised the rights to post in repositories and Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs).
      • Added sharing rights with colleagues.
    • Updated the section on contributions owned by Employer to include US National Institutes of Health (US NIH) employees and grantees, and UK National Institute for Health Research (UK NIHR).
    • Updated hyperlinks and minor text edit updates, including the addition of generic email addresses for all Wiley contacts and directing authors to Rightslink for permission requests.

    Note: Note that version 3 of the Cochrane standard (green OA) licence for publication form was due to launch on 21September 2016. Due to a technical hitch the new licence for publication form was not actually available until 14 October 2016. During this time 53 Cochrane Reviews and 29 Cochrane protocols were published under the previous version of the licence for publication. We would like to apologize for this and assure all Authors affected that we will honour the new licence terms, as described above. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Cochrane Editorial & Methods Department (emd@cochrane.org).

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    Open access changes:

    • Amended to reflect the introduction of green open access.
    • Introduces the new right for authors to post the final accepted version of the Protocolor Review (in a format specified by the Publisher) in an institutional repository or any repository mandated by the author’s funder, such as [insert an appropriate example], 12 months after publication.
    • Introduces text to explain automatic deposition to PMC and free access on CDSR 12 months after publication
    • Clarifies the right to post the Protocol or Review as an electronic file on the author’s own website and/or the author’s institution’s intranet (previously stated website), using the PDF version of the article available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

    Other change:

    • Minor editing to the introductory text in italic as shown in the Policy Manual and RevMan versions (not needed in the Archie version).

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    • Revised authorship criteria for consistency with ICMJE criteria.
    • Authors are directed to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource for Cochrane’s updating policy.
    • Removed text about Cochrane Review Group approval ahead of publication (moved to Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource).
    • Changed following author rights:
      • Revised the rights to post in repositories and Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs).
      • Added sharing rights with colleagues.
    • Updated the section on contributions owned by Employer to include US National Institutes of Health (US NIH) employees and grantees, and UK National Institute for Health Research (UK NIHR).
    • Updated hyperlinks and minor text edits, including the addition of generic email addresses for all Wiley contacts and directing authors to Rightslink for permission requests.

    Note: Note that version 3 of the Cochrane standard (green OA) licence for publication form was due to launch on 21 September 2016. Due to a technical hitch the new licence for publication form was not actually available until 14 October 2016.  During this time 53 Cochrane Reviews and 29 Cochrane protocols were published under the previous version of the licence for publication. We would like to apologise for this and assure all Authors affected that we will honour the new licence terms, as described above. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Cochrane Editorial & Methods Department (emd@cochrane.org).

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    Open access changes:

    • Amended to reflect the introduction of green open access.
    • Introduces the new right for authors to post the final accepted version of the Protocol or Review (in a format specified by the Publisher) in an institutional repository or any repository mandated by the author’s funder, such as [insert an appropriate example], 12 months after publication.
    • Introduces text to explain automatic deposition to PMC and free access on CDSR 12 months after publication.
    • It also clarifies the right to post the Protocol or Review as an electronic file on the author’s own website and/or the author’s institution’s intranet (previously stated website), using the PDF version of the article available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. These new terms are backdated to 1 February 2013 for all authors who have signed the Licence for Publication Form between 1 February 2013 and today.

    Other changes:

    • New sections added to the Archie and RevMan versions (were already included in the Cochrane Policy Manual version): UK Government work (Crown Copyright); US Government work; Other Government work; World Health Organization (WHO) work.
    • New addition: National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees.
    • Minor editing to the introductory text in italic as shown in the Policy Manual and RevMan versions (not needed in the Archie version).

    Addendum to licence for publication of a World Health Organization (WHO) manuscript as a Cochrane Review :

    • Corrected the number of the addendum clauses.
    • Updated the following sentence in Clause 7 to include non-WHO author rights: “The preferred format is “The World Health Organization and [Author X] and [Author Y] retain copyright and all other rights in their respective contributions to the manuscript of this Review as submitted for publication”.”
    • Addendum has been prepared as a Microsoft Word (97-2003) file for authors to download from the Cochrane Policy Manual.

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    • Field added for digital object identifier (DOI) version number.
    • Revised authorship criteria for consistency with ICMJE criteria.
    • Authors are directed to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource for Cochrane’s updating policy, consistent with the standard licence.
    • Removed text about Cochrane Review Group approval ahead of publication (moved to Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource), consistent with the standard licence.
    • Terms of use: removed line around “commercial purposes” in the CC BY licence.
    • “permission to republish” sections updated so that they are relevant to individual CC BY licences (e.g. NC/ND versions).
    • Changed following author rights:
      • Revised the rights to post in repositories and Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs).
      • Added sharing rights with colleagues.
    • Updated the section on contributions owned by Employer to include US National Institutes of Health (US NIH) employees and grantees, and UK National Institute for Health Research (UK NIHR).
    • Updated hyperlinks and minor text edit updates, including the addition of generic email addresses for all Wiley contacts and directing authors to Rightslink for permission requests.

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    • In Clause 5, a contact email address for seeking permission to re-publish was provided and the postal address for John Wiley and Sons Ltd. was removed.
    • Clause 6 was split. The content of that section now forms two Clauses. Clause 7 now starts at the sentence beginning with ‘WHO agrees that any and all copies of the Review’. All Clauses following this have been re-numbered.

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    • Corrected the number of the addendum clauses.
    • Updated the following sentence in Clause 7 to include non-WHO author rights: “The preferred format is “The World Health Organization and [Author X] and [Author Y] retain copyright and all other rights in their respective contributions to the manuscript of this Review as submitted for publication”.”
    • Addendum has been prepared as a Microsoft Word (97-2003) file for authors to download from the Cochrane Policy Manual.

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    • Field added for digital object identifier (DOI) version number.
    • Revised authorship criteria for consistency with ICMJE criteria.
    • Authors are directed to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource for Cochrane’s updating policy, consistent with the standard licence.
    • Removed text about Cochrane Review Group approval ahead of publication (moved to Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource), consistent with the standard licence.
    • Terms of use: removed line around “commercial purposes” in the CC BY licence.
    • “permission to republish” sections updated so that they are relevant to individual CC BY licences (e.g. NC/ND versions).
    • Changed following author rights:
      • Revised the rights to post in repositories and Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs).
      • Added sharing rights with colleagues.
    • Updated the section on contributions owned by Employer to include US National Institutes of Health (US NIH) employees and grantees, and UK National Institute for Health Research (UK NIHR).
    • Updated hyperlinks and minor text edit updates, including the addition of generic email addresses for all Wiley contacts and directing authors to Rightslink for permission requests.

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    • The ‘INSERT TITLE’ section of Clause 1 was removed.
    • In Clause 1, the sentence in parenthesis referring to non-WHO authors was removed.
    • In Clause 5, a contact email address for seeking permission to re-publish was provided and the postal address for John Wiley and Sons Ltd. was removed.
    • Clause 6 was split. The content of that section now forms two Clauses. Clause 7 now starts at the sentence beginning with ‘WHO agrees that any and all copies of the Review’. All Clauses following this have been re-numbered.

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    • Corrected the number of the addendum clauses.
    • Updated the following sentence in Clause 7 to include non-WHO author rights: “The preferred format is “The World Health Organization and [Author X] and [Author Y] retain copyright and all other rights in their respective contributions to the manuscript of this Review as submitted for publication”.”
    • Addendum has been prepared as a Microsoft Word (97-2003) file for authors to download from the Cochrane Policy Manual.

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    • In Clause 5, a contact email address for seeking permission to re-publish was provided and the postal address for John Wiley and Sons Ltd. was removed.
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    Updated terminology and removed need for Centres to provide support with queries now covered by Cochrane Support team.

    Proposals for new Cochrane Reviews: editorial management

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    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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    Gold open accessClarified that PDF version submitted is set out in the licence for publication forms.

     

    Green open accessClarified that PDF version submitted is set out in the licence for publication forms.

     

    Policy overview (open access)New page for this overview; and added subheading and text for Editorials.

     

    Green open accessClarification of green open access arrangements for Cochrane Reviews and protocols.

     

    Open access policyGreen open access policy was updated.

     

    Open access policy (first version)Open-access options were introduced for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR).

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    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.

     

    Editorial process (titles)Collated 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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    • Removed from step 15 following introduction of Cochrane peer review policy: "This will be dependent on the policy of the Host CRG, recognising that some CRGs do not operate an ‘open peer review’ system. The policy of the Host CRG will prevail."
    • Changed step 16 to reflect current topics publication process: "The protocol and subsequent review are included in both CRGs’ Topic Lists, which are reflected on the 'Browse' menu in the Cochrane Library." to "CRGs can add the protocol and subsequent review to both CRGs’ topic lists."

     

    General
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    • Separated into 'Potential overlap with ongoing or published reviews' and 'Potential overlap with new titles'.

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    Steps to resolve potential overlap with a new title
    • Removed from step 15 following introduction of Cochrane peer review policy: "This will be dependent on the policy of the Host CRG, recognising that some CRGs do not operate an ‘open peer review’ system. The policy of the Host CRG will prevail."
    • Changed step 16 to reflect current topics publication process: "The protocol and subsequent review are included in both CRGs’ Topic Lists, which are reflected on the 'Browse' menu in the Cochrane Library." to "CRGs can add the protocol and subsequent review to both CRGs’ topic lists."

     

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    Redirected link to Peer reviewer conduct from previous reference to a 'Resources for peer reviewers' page.

     

    Exceptions to named peer review: special casesNew page added for the post-implementation phase.

     

    Type of peer reviewAdded in text in italic: Note that Consumer peer reviewers are exempt from the named peer review process, and may remain anonymous if they wish to do so. (Consumers still follow the policy for Declarations of potential conflicts of interest for peer reviewers).

     

    Peer review policyRemoved "Note: this policy is currently being implemented across all Cochrane groups. It will be implemented fully by all Cochrane groups by January 2019."

     

    Type of peer reviewAdded statement regarding consumer reviewers remaining anonymous.
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    Green open accessClarified that PDF version submitted is set out in the licence for publication forms.

     

    Policy overview (open access)New page for this overview; and added subheading and text for Editorials.

     

    Green open accessClarification of green open access arrangements for Cochrane Reviews and protocols.

     

    Open access policyGreen open access policy was updated.

     

    Open access policy (first version)Open-access options were introduced for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR).

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    General revisions for currency.

    Removed following sections as information available on the Cochrane Library: Permission to re-use of material from the Cochrane Library website; Reprints of Cochrane Review

    Removed following section as information available on the Handbook Cochrane pages: Permission to re-use material from the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions 
     

    Peer review checklists

    Updated checklists to include up to date links to Handbook:
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    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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    General update

    Policy focuses on Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) and section heading reflects this.

    General revisions for currency.

    Removed following sections as information available on the Cochrane Library: Permission to re-use of material from the Cochrane Library website; Reprints of Cochrane Review.

    Removed following section as information available on the Handbook Cochrane pages: Permission to re-use material from the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.

    Permission to reuse Cochrane Reviews: translator terms and conditions

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    • Clarified what volunteer translators can expect in consideration of their contribution.
    • Added the expectation that translators make use of translation guidance and standard processes.
    • Clarified that translators can reject assigned tasks and that Cochrane is also not obliged to offer translation work to translators.
    • Reformulated the text to make it more plain language.
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    Across policyMinor revisions for currency and updates of contact details.
    September 2014n/aNew policy; the following group of people contributed to the development of this policy: Ann Jones, Anna Hobson, Gavin Stewart, Harriet MacLehose, Karin Dearness, Laura Prescott, Liz Wager, Paul Garner, Peter Tugwell, Phil Wiffen, Ruth Brassington, Sera Tort. The starting point for this policy was text drafted by Liz Wager and Phil Wiffen on publication ethics, including plagiarism.

    Plagiarism: editorial management

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    Across policyMinor revisions for currency and updates of contact details.
    September 2014n/aNew policy; the following group of people contributed to the development of this policy: Ann Jones, Anna Hobson, Gavin Stewart, Harriet MacLehose, Karin Dearness, Laura Prescott, Liz Wager, Paul Garner, Peter Tugwell, Phil Wiffen, Ruth Brassington, Sera Tort. The starting point for this policy was text drafted by Liz Wager and Phil Wiffen on publication ethics, including plagiarism.

    Promoting Cochrane Reviews: how to plan dissemination activities

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    General

    Content revised and directs readers to locations for key information on dissemination.

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    Policy: rejection of Cochrane ReviewsMoved 'definitions' from a standalone section and into the 'Policy' section. Edited wording of 'withdrawn' definition.
    August 2017New policyAdded to policy resource.

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    Implementing the rejection policyAmended instructions for unpublished Cochrane Review or unpublished update of a Cochrane Review (on the history tab).
    August 2017New policyAdded to policy resource.

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    • Updated the policy and guidance introduction.
    • Added information about what to show in the search appendix.
    • Added a note for editorial base staff at the end of the document on how to correctly populate the ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ field and ‘Date of search’ fields in RevMan.

     

    General

    Clarified definition of "Full search – results fully incorporated" in Table and provided references.

    January 2015

    General informationAt the joint meetings of the Co-ordinating Editors, Managing Editors, and Trials Search Co-ordinators held during the Cochrane Colloquia in Auckland (2012) and Quebec (2013) it was agreed that ‘Date of search’ should be used instead of ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ to reflect the search and full incorporation of all search results into a Cochrane Review. The technical issues associated with retiring the ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ field are currently being addressed by Cochrane and Wiley; however this will not prevent editorial teams from adhering to this new policy on how to report search dates.how to report search dates.

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    GeneralUpdated and revised: definition of serious errors revised to include factual errors in describing one or more included studies; and the process has been revised to direct notification to the Editor in Chief who will work with the Co-ordinating Editor and Network Senior Editor.  

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    Plain Language Expectations for Authors of Cochrane Summaries (PLEACS)

    Outdated 'Process of writing plain language summaries' removed.

     

    MECIR and PLEACSNew section that includes high-level information about MECIR standards and PRISMA.

    Submission: policy

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    GeneralFirst version published. 

    Supplemental data and files

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    GeneralGeneral revision.

     

    GeneralExpanded the options for suitable repositories.

    Updating Classification System

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    Support resources (updating classification system)Added report on publication

     

    Guide to applying to Cochrane ReviewsAdded updated version of guide.

     

    Guide to applying to Cochrane ReviewsAdded updated version of guide.

     

    Support resources (updating classification system)Added recording of webinar and PDF file of webinar slides. 

    Withdrawing published Cochrane Reviews: policy

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    GeneralDefinition of serious errors revised to include factual errors in describing one or more included studies.

     

    GeneralPolicy updated to define that reviews should only be withdrawn in exceptional circumstances, as set out in the policy. 

    Withdrawing published Cochrane Reviews: editorial management

     28 Jun

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    Steps to withdraw a Cochrane ReviewClarified which steps should be used for published protocols of Cochrane Reviews.

      

    GeneralNew section to reflect updated policy.

    Archived pages

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    General

    Following sections removed:

    • RevMan and Archie general information (available on separate sites, including Archie Help)
    • Cochrane Register of Studies (available on separate site)
    • Publication cycle and interaction between Cochrane and publisher systems (outdated; may be updated in the future)
    • Readability (redundant)
    • Cochrane Editorial Unit pre-publication screening of new Cochrane systematic reviews of interventions (redundant)
    • Copy-editing: Cochrane Style Manual (redundant; duplicates info in the Cochrane Style Manual space)Process for serious errors (out of date and incorporated in other policies)
    • General Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and Cochrane Library information, including descriptions, overview of access options, permissions and reprints, editorial team, Oversight Committee, publisher information (available on the Cochrane Library)
    • Cochrane evidence summaries (out of date; available elsewhere)
    • Derivative products (out of date)
    • Partnership products (out of date and superseded elsewhere)

    20 Jun  

    Introduction to Publish When Ready 

    Document prepared for the move from monthly publication to 'when ready' publication for Cochrane Reviews and protocols for Cochrane Reviews. Covered following areas: About Publish When Ready (general information); Publish When Ready publication steps and schedules; Author and editing steps; Impact on other databases and published content; Changes for dissemination activities, including press releases; Publication reports; Upon publication in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) and The Cochrane Library; and Support and training. Previously hosted on https://community.cochrane.org. Updated: minor update 26 November 2014, introduced initially in June 2013. Download PDF

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