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If the deceased author is listed on the byline

Contributorship statement:This should inform readers that the author is deceased, when the author died (e.g. month and year), the author’s author's contribution to the protocol or review, and whether the living authors made substantive changes to the review beyond the deceased author’s author's contribution.

Licence for publication form: A  A signed licence is required, but the licence may be submitted by the corresponding author on the deceased authors’ authors behalf (provided he/she had the deceased authors’ author's agreement and consent to publish in advance of their passing).

Declarations of interest: Add  Add the following statement to this section in the Cochrane Review, “Author : "Author deceased; declarations of interest published in the Cochrane Review: [copy and paste here]." For a protocol, insert the text, “Author "Author deceased; no declarations of interest available” or “Author available." or "Author deceased; [declarations of interest if provided before the author died].The ‘declarations 'declarations of interest’ interest' form does not need to be completed for the deceased author.

Contact details: Modify  Modify contact details so that the published protocol or review will note that the author is deceased and include the name, institution, and country that were correct before they died, delete the rest of their contact details, and put ‘Deceased’ "Deceased" in the footnote field of the author contact details in the review. This is a review-level annotation. If the author in question is included on the byline of more than one review, the same footnote should be included in each of the reviews they authored.

For Editors: see Deceased authors: RevMan and Archie guidance