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Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) can ask Network Associate Editors for feedback on Cochrane Reviews that have been submitted for editorial review. There are various scenarios when it may be appropriate to contact your Associate Editor for review screening or other checks; see Possible scenarios for referral of reviews for screening.

The aim of screening is primarily intended to help decide what sort of additional work might be needed before publication. Screening is carried out using a Triage Tool that focuses on three separate aspects of the review:

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Further information about the Triage Tool can be found in the Operational guide to the Cochrane Editorial & Methods Department Review Triaging Tool. The process for review screening is detailed below (Process for review screening), but please contact your Associate Editor if you have any queries.

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  • Methodological queries, concerns, or uncertainty.
  • Support for rejection (see rejection policy).
  • Complex methods and the CRG does not otherwise have access to appropriate methodological support (e.g. from the NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit).
  • Any potential conflict of interest of editorial staff (e.g. if the Co-ordinating Editor and/or Managing Editor is an author). Sign-off for publication to be provided by Network Senior Editor.
  • When multiple iterations have been made and an independent perspective is required (a "fresh pair of eyes").

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  • Red flags from the abstract (stage Milestone E alert) identified by the Senior or Associate Editor or via the weekly Analysis of Review Group Output (ARGO) meeting held by UK Cochrane Centre.
  • Occasional referrals from Copy Edit Support or via Cochrane Clinical Answers.
  • Critical feedback, retracted studies, or comments received after publication.

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