ME Support Bulletin
Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.

Issue 4 | July, 2016

1.  Updating Classification System (UCS)
Changes related to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy
3.  Systematic reviews update
4.  Cochrane Style Manual (formerly known as Cochrane Style Guide)

1.  Update Classification System (UCS)

Release in Archie: The new ‘Updating’ tab on a review’s Properties sheet has been released in Archie. This allows Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) to classify published Reviews using the UCS. The classifications will not be published on the Cochrane Library at this time, but CRGs are encouraged to use the system to classify their Reviews. Publication on the Cochrane Library will follow later in the year. Information about the UCS can be found at including a guide on how to apply the UCS to Cochrane Reviews.

We recommend using the Archie Training server ( to try out the UCS before classifying Reviews on the Live server.

UCS webinars: The three introductory webinars have been completed but we will rerun them in August/September. In the meantime, we will post a recording of one of the webinars for those who missed out.

We will also be circulating some FAQs which arose from the recent webinars. We would welcome comments or sharing of experiences as MEs start to use the UCS.

Contacts for queries/feedback:
Harriet MacLehose (, Monaz Mehta ( or ME Support (
2. Changes related to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy (EPPR)
2.1 Frequency of updating Cochrane Reviews
Wording updated to reflect the need to update based on need: policy-resource/cochrane-review-development/cochrane-review-updates

2.2 Date ‘Assessed as up-to-date’: no longer published
From 30 July 2016 (approximately), the date ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ will no longer be displayed in published Cochrane Reviews. It will not show in the html or PDF versions.

Since January 2015, the guidance has been to use the same date for the ‘Date of search’ and date ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ so that one date is used to reflect the search and full incorporation of all search results into the review. The ‘Date of search’ will be published in Cochrane Reviews in the enhanced Cochrane Library platform in January 2017. Removing the date ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ is also necessary for the display of the update status of a Cochrane Review (up to date, update pending, no update planned), as part of the Updating Classification System that is being rolled out.

RevMan guidance: The date ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ will be removed from RevMan at a later date, but in the meantime continue to complete the Date ‘Assessed as up-to-date’ with the ‘Date of search’ to avoid validation errors.

Relevant links:
Contacts for queries:
Harriet MacLehose ( or Ruth Foxlee (
3. Systematic reviews update
A paper has been published in The BMJ reporting a consensus and checklist of when and how to update systematic reviews:
4. Cochrane Style Manual (formerly known as Cochrane Style Guide)
A list of all the substantive edits and changes to the Style Manual is available here:
What’s New includes:
  • - New guidance on usage of abbreviations;
  • - New guidance on abstracts;
  • - New or revised guidance on formatting including italics, ligatures and symbols;
  • - New or updated guidance on grammar and writing style.
There is plenty more so we encourage you to go and take a look!
Contacting us...
If you have questions about any of the above items, or about any aspect of your ME role, regardless of your location, please contact us at

Best wishes,
ME Support team

ME Support | | Anupa Shah (Skype cochraneeyes) | Liz Dooley (Skype lizdooley) | Sally Bell-Syer (Skype sally.bellsyer) | Harriet MacLehose (Skype hgmaclehose)

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