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Cochran e Methodology Review Group

Review proposal form : methodology reviews
 

Version 6.1, October 2020

 

Please complete this form to outline your proposal for a Cochrane Methodology Review. Complete all sections in full. Use the Guide to the contents of a Cochrane Methodology protocol and review for guidance.

Email the completed form to Mike Clarke, Managing Editor, Cochrane Methodology Review Group: m.clarke@qub.ac.uk.

 

Data Protection

The personal data included in this form will be used to complete your Cochrane author profiles if the title is accepted.

Both successful and unsuccessful submissions may be archived for the Review Group’s records.

 

Please note that your names and academic/professional affiliations will be circulated to editors considering this title proposal.

 

Please see the Cochrane Privacy Policy for further information. Please direct any queries about data protection to support@cochrane.org .

 

By submitting this form, we give Cochrane permission to process the data included here.

 

IMPORTANT: D isclosure of C onflicts of interest

Please read Cochrane’s Conflict of Interest Policy for Cochrane Library content and confirm in Section 6 below whether any member of the author team has a potential Conflict of Interest.

If your title is accepted, the Review Group will request a full Declaration of Interest from each member of the author team. The title will not be registered until the Review Group has assessed any relevant Conflict of Interest.

Essential checks before title submission:

o                     We have searched the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in the Cochrane Library for published reviews and protocols and can confirm that this proposal has not been covered by another Cochrane Review.

o                     We have checked that this proposal falls within the scope of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group.

o                     We understand that all authors must follow the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and the Guide to the contents of a Cochrane Methodology protocol and review .

o                     We have read Cochrane’s Conflict of Interest Policy for Cochrane Library content and have informed the Managing Editor of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group of any potential conflict of interest.

o                     We have read Managing expectations: what does Cochrane expect of authors, and what can authors expect of Cochrane? and are aware that preparing a Cochrane Review requires a significant commitment from all authors.

 

1.   Author registration

NOTE TO REVIEW GROUPS: PLEASE DELETE THIS SECTION BEFORE CIRCULATING THIS FORM.

All authors should create Cochrane Accounts before submitting this form.

To enable editorial staff to identify you in our contributor management system, please list the email addresses used at account registration.

Author 1

Email used to register for Cochrane Account

Author 2

Email used to register for Cochrane Account

Add additional rows as required for other author team members.

 

2.   Proposed title

(see Guide to the contents of a Cochrane Methodology protocol and review ). Your proposal should not overlap with an existing Cochrane Review.

Titles for methodology reviews may follow the standard formats for Cochrane Review titles:

  • [Method] FOR [methodological problem/issue] e.g. Methods for obtaining unpublished data
  • [Method A] VERSUS [Method B] FOR [methodological problem/issue] e.g. Blinded versus unblinded assessments of risk of bias in studies included in a systematic review

 

Title:

 

 

 

3.   Contact person and review author team

( see Handbook sections II.2.1 and II.2.2 ).

Please confirm if the review author team contains at least one person with each of the below areas of expertise. You can provide further author details in Section 8. 

Yes       No 

Systematic reviewer: expertise in preparing systematic reviews

Yes       No 

Methodologist: expertise in research methods

Yes       No 

Statistician: statistical expertise

Contact person:

 

 

4.   Review proposal and inclusion criteria

Why is it important to do this review?

Why are you proposing to undertake this review? For example, is it particularly topical at the present time?

Please use the ‘Review context’ section below to state if this review would form part of a Masters or Doctorate, or of a larger research project.

Review objectives:

Give a short statement of the primary aim of the review. What is the research question this review seeks to answer?

Types of methodological study designs:

Outline the types of study design that will be included in the review, e.g. observational studies, individual participant data meta-analyses.

Types of data:

Outline the raw material for the methodology studies to be included in the review , e.g. randomised trials of healthcare interventions, clinical practice guidelines.

Types of methods and comparisons:

What methods will be compared, e.g. active versus passive parental consent in studies involving children?

Types of outcome measures:

Outline the outcome measures you will use, e.g. estimates of the effects of different methods, proportion of abstracts published in full.

Potential included studies:

Please supply references for studies relevant to this topic. Include ongoing studies listed in trial registries if relevant. If you are not aware of any relevant studies, please explain why it is important to do this review.

Other information:

Outline any other factors you plan to consider in your review, or other information you would like to provide, e.g. relevance to Cochrane, how this review complements other published Cochrane Methodology Reviews.

Related Cochrane Reviews or protocols:

 

 

5.   Review context

Is the review subject to any specific funding?

 

Would the review form part of your postgraduate study, or of a larger research project?

 

Has the review already been submitted for publication or published elsewhere?

 

 

6.   Declaration s of interest

All authors must read Cochrane's Conflict of Interest Policy for Cochrane Library content . Before the title can be registered, each author must declare any relevant Conflicts of Interest (financial and non-financial) that exist or existed in the 36 months prior to this form being submitted.

Important information

  • The following individuals are prohibited from being an author on a Cochrane Review:
    • Anyone who is or has been employed in the 36 months prior to title registration by a commercial organization with a financial interest in the topic of the review.
    • Anyone who owns a commercial organization with an interest in the topic of the review.
    • Anyone who owns or has applied for a patent related to the topic of the review.
  • Authors must declare all relevant financial interests within the 36 months prior to title registration. Such payments include (but are not limited to) speaker fees, honoraria, consultancies, membership of advisory boards and payment of travel, accommodation and conference registration expenses.
  • Financial interests are considered relevant if a payment is made by a commercial organization that is developing, or manufactures, markets or distributes (anywhere in the world) an intervention or potential comparator related to the topic of the review. This applies regardless of the reported direction of effect and even if the payment was for work and advice that did not relate to the topic of the review.
  • Overall, 67% (two thirds) of the author group must not have any relevant financial interests.
  • The first and last author must not have any relevant financial interests and must not have been involved in industry-controlled studies (see definitions in the policy) that may be eligible for inclusion in the review.
  • Anyone who has been involved in the conduct, analysis and publication of a study that could be included in the review cannot determine overall study inclusion and exclusion criteria or make study eligibility decision about, extract data from, carry out the risk of bias assessment for, or perform GRADE assessment of that study.
  • Authors must remain in compliance with this policy through to the point that the review is published. If an author acquires any additional relevant financial interests while working on the review, they must inform the Review Group’s Managing Editor immediately.

Have all members of the author team read Cochrane's Conflict of Interest Policy ?    Yes       No 

Do any members of the author team have a potential conflict of interest?  Yes       No 

If any members of the author team have a potential conflict of interest, you should discuss these potential conflicts with the Review Group’s Managing Editor before submitting this form.

Failure to disclose potential conflicts at this stage, or at any point during the writing of the review, may lead to it being rejected for publication or being removed from the Cochrane Library at a later date.

 

7.   Authors' responsibilities

By completing this form, you accept responsibility for preparing, maintaining and updating the review in accordance with Cochrane policy. The Cochrane Methodology Review Group will provide support to assist with the preparation of the review.

If drafts are not submitted by the agreed deadlines, or if the Review Group is unable to contact you for an extended period, Cochrane has the right to de register the title or transfer the title to alternative authors.

Cochrane has the right to reject a Cochrane Review at any stage before publication (including unpublished protocols, unpublished Cochrane Reviews, and Cochrane Reviews that are being updated). Please see Cochrane’s Rejection Policy .

You accept responsibility for maintaining the review in light of new evidence, comments and criticisms, and other developments, and updating the review based on need, or, if requested, transferring responsibility for maintaining the review to others.

Publication in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews ( CDSR )

Cochrane’s support in preparing your review is conditional upon your agreement to publish the protocol, finished review and subsequent updates in the CDSR . By completing this form, you undertake to publish this review in the CDSR before publishing elsewhere (concurrent publication in other journals may be allowed in certain circumstances with prior permission).

I understand the commitment required to undertake a Cochrane Review, and agree to publish first in the CDSR .

Signed on behalf of the authors:

 

 

Form completed by:

Date:

 

 

8.   Review authors

(see Handbook sections II.2.1 and II.2.2 )

In accordance with Cochrane’s Publication Policy , each person named as an author must:

  • Make a substantial contribution to the conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of the data in the review
  • Be involved in drafting the review
  • Approve the final version of the review before publication
  • Agree to be accountable for the accuracy and integrity of the review

Contact person / Author 1

Full name and qualifications: e.g. Dr Xia Li, PhD

 

Job title: e.g. Registrar

 

Organisation: e.g. West China Hospital, Sichuan University

 

Data protection and privacy

If your title is accepted, as the review contact person, your affiliation and email address will be published with the completed protocol or review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews . Personal data collected and used for publication in the Cochrane Library are covered by the Wiley Privacy policy .

Your Cochrane Account details will be visible to other groups and contributors in our contact database. If you are allocated a role as a Cochrane author, you will be able to update your profile and can choose to hide your email address and affiliation from contributors not in your primary group.

What expertise do you bring to the review (e.g. clinical, review methods, statistics)?

 

Have you prepared a systematic review before?

Yes       No 

If yes, have you prepared a Cochrane Review?

Yes       No 

If yes, please state most recent title:

 

Do you already have a role in another Cochrane Review Group?

Yes       No 

If yes, which one(s)?

 

Level of spoken and written English:

 

Translating clinical trials published in languages other than English is a vital role in Cochrane.

I would be willing to assist with translation of clinical trials published in these language(s):

 

 

Author 2

You must have at least two authors to register a title. Copy this table for additional authors.

Full name and qualifications: e.g. Dr Xia Li, PhD

 

Job title: e.g. Registrar

 

Organisation: e.g. West China Hospital, Sichuan University

 

Data protection and privacy

If your title is accepted, your affiliation will be published with the completed protocol or review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews . Personal data collected and used for publication in the Cochrane Library are covered by the Wiley Privacy policy .

Your Cochrane Account details will be visible to other groups and contributors in our contact database. If you are allocated a role as a Cochrane author, you will be able to update your profile and can choose to hide your email address and affiliation from contributors not in your primary group.

What expertise do you bring to the review (e.g. clinical, review methods, statistics)?

 

Have you prepared a systematic review before?

Yes       No 

If yes, have you prepared a Cochrane Review?

Yes       No 

If yes, please state most recent title:

 

Do you already have a role in another Cochrane Review Group?

Yes       No 

If yes, which one(s)?

 

Level of spoken and written English:

 

Translating clinical trials published in languages other than English is a vital role in Cochrane.

I would be willing to assist with translation of clinical trials published in these language(s):

 

 


9.   Roles and responsibilities

Please advise who has agreed to undertake each of the following tasks:

Communicate with editorial base :

 

D raft the protocol:

 

Develop and run the search strategy:

 

Please note that the Methodology Review Group does not have an Information Specialist and is not able to help authors with searches.

Please indicate here if this is a barrier for your team and provide further details of training needs in Section 10 below.

Do you require support to develop the search strategy?

Yes       No 

Do you require support to search for studies?

Yes       No 

Obtain copies of studies:

 

Select which studies to include (2 people):

 

Extract data from studies (2 people):

 

Enter data into RevMan:

 

Carry out the analysis:

 

Interpret the analysis:

 

Draft the final review:

 

 

10. Team resources

Have you read the Guide to the contents of a Cochrane Methodology protocol and review and the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions ?

Yes       No 

Do you require training?

Yes       No 

If yes, on which topics?

 

Have you attended a Cochrane Review training workshop?

Yes       No 

If no, do you plan to register for a future Cochrane training event ?

Yes       No 

Which workshop did you/will you attend?

 

Which computer operating system do you use?

 

Do you have access to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews ?

Yes       No 

Do you have access to MEDLINE and Embase?

Yes       No 

Do you have access to a medical library?

Yes       No 

If yes, can you order journal articles not held in the library?

Yes       No 

Do you have access to advice from a medical librarian?

Yes       No 

Do you have access to reference management software (e.g. Endnote)?

Yes       No 

If yes, which software, and what version?

 

Do you have access to a statistician?

Yes       No 

If yes, please provide statistician’s name:

 

Do you have contact with consumer groups relevant to this review?

Yes       No 

If yes, please list relevant consumer groups:

 

Have you identified appropriate time and resources to complete the review?

Yes       No 

Would you like to be assigned a mentor (an experienced author who has volunteered to help new authors)?

Yes       No