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

Complaints procedure: Cochrane Library

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

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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  • Removed text about registering diagnostic test accuracy reviews (out of date).

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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."

 

General
  • Combines past 'Avoiding duplication' and 'Overlapping scope' sections.
  • Separated into 'Potential overlap with ongoing or published reviews' and 'Potential overlap with new titles'.

Open access

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

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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)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).

Overlapping scope: editorial management

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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."

 

General
  • Combines past 'Avoiding duplication' and 'Overlapping scope' sections.
  • Separated into 'Potential overlap with ongoing or published reviews' and 'Potential overlap with new titles'.

Peer review

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Inviting peer reviewers

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.
May 2018Peer review policyOrganizational peer review policy published: ADD ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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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

Reporting 'Date of search

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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.

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