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Issue 46 | March 2019

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter! This month, we have news on Cochrane Council, plus we'd like to hear from all of you on how the Support Team are doing. Have your say on the services we provide (including this newsletter) in our survey - see below! We've also got a bumper crop of webinars (FIVE in total!), and you can find out what happened at February's CIS Journal Club. We've also got the first of a series of regular updates from the CIS Exec. Keep in touch with us:
Cochrane Council

New CIS representative on Cochrane Council

We are pleased to announce that Maria-Inti Metzendorf will be our new representative on Cochrane Council. Maria-Inti was unopposed in the recent selection process, and her appointment was unanimously approved by the CIS Executive.

Maria-Inti is the information specialist at the Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group in Germany, and she is also currently interim co-convenor of the Information Specialists' Executive (covering Sam Cox's maternity leave). Maria-Inti joins our other representative on the Council, Rene Spijker of Cochrane Netherlands.

Congratulations to Maria-Inti!

Give us your views on the Support Team!

The CIS Support Team is evaluating its resources and services and invites Cochrane Information Specialists to participate in a survey. Responses are anonymous and all questions are optional. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is open until March 31, 2019. Please access it via the link below, and thanks for your feedback!
For questions about the survey, please contact
New resources

Screen4Me: new training materials available

Screen4Me is a new service, to help with the screening of search results. The workflow uses three tools:
  • Known assessments (the records that have already been through Cochrane Crowd)
  • The RCT Classifier (a machine learning tool)
  • Cochrane Crowd
Some new training resources for Screen4Me are now available on the CIS Portal: You can also find an introductory webinar recording here, and the slides from the webinar here.
CIS Journal Club

CIS Journal Club report

A meeting of the Cochrane Information Specialists’ Journal Club took place on 15 February 2019.

We were joined by guest speaker Jessie McGowan to discuss the research behind the PRESS Guideline, and this publication:

McGowan J, Sampson M, Salzwedel DM, Cogo E, Foerster V, Lefebvre C. PRESS Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies: 2015 Guideline Statement. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2016 Jul 1;75:40-6.

Jessie gave a great presentation, which covered:
  • The CADTH website where the publication and associated documents are publicly accessible (open access):
  • The background and objectives of PRESS
  • Details related to the research components (systematic review, survey and consensus forum)
  • The six recommended elements for inclusion in PRESS
  • The implementation documents (checklist, recommendations, assessment form and implementation strategies)
  • Some background and details about the PRESSforum: (note: Doug is looking for a new platform to support the forum and invited suggestions)
  • PRESSforum is open to IS and librarians (intended to support the professional community) and includes a confidentiality agreement to participate
The key takeaway message about conducting peer review with the PRESS guidelines: don’t try to do a better search, just ensure there are no errors.

You can find a full summary of the discussion on Cochrane Forums here.

CIS Journal Clubs run on a quarterly basis. To join in with the next one, contact Robin to be added to the mailing list.
CENTRAL update

Change of date for publishing records to CENTRAL

The process used by Wiley for publishing records to CENTRAL in the Cochrane Library has changed slightly, and this has impacted on the date that records need to be submitted in order to appear in the next issue of CENTRAL.

Starting in March, any records that are to be published in CENTRAL need to be marked for publication in the Cochrane Register of Studies by the 16th of the month to appear in the next issue.

Remember that you can also search CENTRAL through the CRS and CRS Online, and your search results will include all CENTRAL records, regardless of when they were marked for publication.
New resource

New nursing database available through Ovid

We've been alerted that a new nursing database is available through Ovid. Emcare is provided in partnership with Elsevier, with the aim of providing access to 3,500 journals in nursing and allied health. Ovid claim that it provides access to 2,400 journals not covered by CINAHL, and 680 titles that are not covered in Embase or MEDLINE. You can find their information brochure here.

For those of you with difficulty accessing EBSCO databases, it might be worth pursuing access to Emcare as a CINAHL alternative, through your library or institution.

If you have any experience with searching Emcare, we'd love to hear how you're getting on - let us know!
Classifier webinar

Training on the new CRS Classifier

The Support Team are planning a webinar for Cochrane Information Specialists on 20 March 2019 at 14.30 GMT.
The RCT Classifier

Come and join us for a webinar about the RCT classifier in the CRS. This webinar will introduce you to the latest version of the RCT classifier due to go live this month, and take you through some exciting interface changes designed to help you make the most of the classifier, including the Screen4Me workflow.
Sign up for the webinar here.
Peer review

Free peer review webinar from the Knowledge Synthesis Interest Group

The Knowledge Synthesis Interest Group (KSIG, based in Canada) is hosting a free Zoom webinar on March 27 at 4pm GMT, 12pm EST, titled Peer reviewing search strategies using PRESS: An introduction by Margaret Sampson. Find more details here.

Meeting ID: 108-795-750

RSVP here:

Those of you on Twitter can follow them @KS_IG_. They have monthly journal clubs and occasional webinars that may be of interest to CISs.
Free webinars from Clarivate Analytics

Three new webinars to join in March

Clarivate Analytics have organised three free webinars scheduled in March, which may be of interest to those who have a subscription to Web of Science
  1.  Discover free Kopernio plugin.
    In this short session, you will discover how installing the free Kopernio plugin in your browser will provide you with one-click access to PDFs, while navigating Web of Science and other bibliographic sources. Kopernio automatically searches university library subscriptions, pre-print servers and institutional repositories for PDFs.

    Tuesday 19 March, 10am GMT
    Register here.
  2. The power of Endnote Web: Collect, manage and share your bibliographic findings (in English).

    In this short session, our solution expert will demonstrate the many powers of Endnote Web. This online account, provided as an add-on to the Web of Science not only allows you to collect, manage and share references, it also equips you with Manuscript Matcher, a tool that will find and determine the best journal(s) for your manuscripts.

    Friday 22 March, 2pm GMT.
    Register here.
  3. Citations have not been created only for being counted!

    Find interesting reads by citation navigation and understand what Dr Garfield really meant when he named his citation network an "association-of-ideas index". (in English). The Web of Science contains a pool of 1.5 Billion cited references that can be searched and leveraged for information retrieval. In this short session, our Web of Science expert will use real-life examples in very specific topics to demonstrate how citation navigation across the Web of Science universe does allow researchers to uncover important publications in their topics.

    Thursday 28 March, 2pm GMT
    Register here.
Exec round up

A round-up of news from the CIS Executive

The CIS Exec met in January and early March.

One of the items for discussion was the research priorities that came out of last year's survey. 5 out of 13 topics were identified to be research priorities. The CIS Executive would like to enable CIS interested in methods research to connect with each other, with a view to forming some special interest or working groups.

If you are interested in conducting or being involved in specific research topics, please put down your name on this Google Doc against your topic of interest. The deadline is March 20th.

More information and background on the research topics can be found here.

The Exec have also met with Karla Soares-Weiser to discuss implementation of the Cochrane Networks, and the involvement of CISs. We are documenting any projects involving CIS so that we can feed this back to Karla. If you have any comments to make, or want to report any projects you are involved with, get in touch with any member of the CIS Exec.

The draft Scientific Misconduct Policy was discussed at the meeting, and the Exec have given feedback on this to Bryony Urquhart. The draft policy and comments were circulated via the CIS mailing list.

Exec membership:
  • Liz Stovold (Co-convenor)
  • Sam Cox (Co-convenor, maternity leave)
  • Maria-Inti Metzendorf (Interim Co-convenor, Cochrane Council rep)
  • Rene Spijker (Cochrane Council rep)
  • Justin Clark
  • Anne Littlewood
  • Camila Escobar Liquitay
  • Irma Klerings
  • Robin Paynter
PICO Annotation Corner

Welcome to PICO Annotation Corner


A reminder that you can search the tool here however this is ONLY a prototype and the beta tool that will be available later in the year may have a different user interface.
Anna Last will update you on where we are with this tool at the UK/Ireland Symposium.

Annotation progress 12/03/2019

Review Level Annotations Progress

Total number of blocked and completed annotations: includes review level, studies and some analyses

Number of review level annotations

  • Blocked = annotations waiting terms to be added to the vocabulary
  • Complete = annotations finalised

How to use the In Progress status

Please use In Progress for the following:
  • you are in the process of annotating but need to come back to it later
  • reviews that have been withdrawn from the Cochrane Library but have an annotation

Outcomes - what to do if no terms are available in the vocabulary

  • Please request terms using the form available in your Confluence Space
  • Copy and paste text from review to free text field
  • Mark annotation Complete
Important! This only applies to Outcomes. For P and I/C please continue to request terms and mark annotation Blocked.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any issues or need help, and there is always the Slack channel.

For queries about the vocabulary, general questions and the PICO search tool:
Anna Last (Medical Terminology Manager):

For general annotation queries and assistance:
Carol Friesen (Metadata Specialist):

For organisational  and general annotation queries:
Deirdre Beecher (Senior Metadata Specialist):

Items for your reading list

Anne Eisinga has been in touch with the following articles that you might like to take a look at. The first may be of particular interest to those of you who search CINAHL:

Glanville J, Dooley G, Wisniewski S, Foxlee R, Noel-Storr A. Development of a search filter to identify reports of controlled clinical trials within CINAHLPlus. Health Info Libr J 2019 Feb 8. doi: 10.1111/hir.12251. [Epub ahead of print].

O’Connor AM, Tsafnat G, Gilbert SB, Thayer KA, Shemilt I, Thomas J, Glasziou P, Wolfe MS. Still moving toward automation of the systematic review process: a summary of discussions at the third meeting of the International Collaboration for Automation of Systematic Reviews (ICASR). Systematic Reviews 2019;8:57.

Robin Paynter has pointed us to these articles on meta-searching issues:

McDonagh MS, Thakurta S, Peterson K.  A study of the value of requesting information from drug manufacturers for systematic reviews; 9 years of experience from the drug effectiveness review project. Syst Rev. 2018 Oct 22;7(1):172. doi: 10.1186/s13643-018-0834-2. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-018-0834-2  PMCID: PMC6198528  PMID: 30348228

Zwierzyna M, Davies M, Hingorani AD, Hunter J. Clinical trial design and dissemination: comprehensive analysis of and PubMed data since 2005. BMJ. 2018 Jun 6;361:k2130. doi: 10.1136/bmj.k2130. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.k2130  PMCID: PMC5989153 PMID: 29875212

Thanks to Anne and Robin! If you have an article you want to share, let us know:
Helpdesk closure

Easter closure dates for the CIS Helpdesk

The CIS helpdesk (accessed via will be closed for the Easter break on Friday 19 April and Monday 22 April.

The Support Team will be back on duty on Tuesday 23 April.
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