Systematic Review

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions

This handbook is the official document that describes in detail the process of creating Cochrane systematic Reviews. The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official document that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions. The current version of the Handbook is 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). It is available in various formats (e.g. online & PDF).

Cochrane Handbook for Diagnostic Test accuracy Reviews

Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) summarize the evidence about test accuracy. Ideally, they also investigate why the results may vary among studies, compare the performance of alternative tests, and help the reader to understand the evidence in a clinical context. The Cochrane Handbook for DTA reviews provides guidance to undertaking such reviews.

Methodological Expectations for Cochrane Reviews (MECIR)

The best practices for conducting and reporting a systematic review is now documented in a booklet ensuring that both researchers and editorial teams have a shared understanding of the expectations. These standards provide clarity in line with the Cochrane Handbook about expectations on how to conduct a new Cochrane Intervention Review. They are not considered to be applicable to updates of Cochrane Reviews at this point.

Review Manager (RevMan)

This webpage provides documentation and support for preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews

GRADEpro (GRADEprofiler)

This software is used to create Summary of findings tables in the Cochrane systematic reviews

Cochrane Style Resource

This compares your Cochrane Review against the official style guide

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) Guidance for Undertaking Reviews in Health Care

Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource

This also provide an explanation of procedures on re-publishing of review in another scientific journal.

Reporting Guidelines

CONSORT - reporting of RCTs and PRISMA - preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses
STROBE - reporting of observational studies in epidemiology
EQUATOR Network - collection of reporting guidelines