Get involved

Should you wish to get involved, here are the various ways to do so, according to your skills.

Review authors : they are responsible for planning and writing systematic reviews.

Peer review : is an important part of our quality control process. Peer reviewers comment on draft protocols or full review during the editorial process.

Consumer : it may be someone that has a particular disease or condition or is the parent, carer or other relative of someone with the condition, or who advocates on behalf of other consumers. Consumers may help establish priorities for reviews, write reviews, consult on reviews in progress, or assist with peer review.
Please take a look at the Cochrane video called ‘Engaging consumers’ which is available at

Statisticians and other experts :  in systematic review methods advise Review Groups and authors throughout the review process.

Librarians / information specialists : they help authors to define their search strategy, they give advice on the appropriate databases to search for their review, they help to run the searches and can, if necessary, provide the authors with studies & reports for inclusion in their reviews.

Translators : they assist review authors by reading, assessing or translating articles published in languages other than English.

Handsearchers : they search through selected journals or conference proceedings for reports of relevant trials. These trials are then added to our trials register, and can be included in future reviews.

Researchers : they are invited to provide details of ongoing or completed trials that have not been published. These trials are then added to our trials register, and can be included in future reviews.


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