ME Support Digest
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Issue 10, November 2018


  2. Tips and Tricks
  3. REMINDER: ME Support queries  
  4. Training Opportunities
  5. Welcome and Farewell

If you are using RevMan Web and submit a suggestion or report a problem to the RevMan Web team, please cc the MEs’ Exec ( The Exec are working with the RevMan Web team to identify priority issues and problems that need to be addressed (mainly from an editorial perspective). 

Accessing reviews as a member of the editorial team 
Members of the editorial team who want to access a review to edit or comment on should right click the title in Archie and choose “Edit online”. Only authors can see their protocol or review in ‘My reviews’ in RevMan Web.

Since the Colloquium, the RevMan Web team have been working on some of the features that have been suggested. Please go to for further details. 

  • Navigating directly to specific text headings (this was the most requested item from the Colloquium) 
  • Footnotes can now be added to the data tables in the Analyses section 
  • Footnotes are available in the Author information e.g. to show joint authorship 
  • When authors are checking in and submitting a review for editorial approval, they are now warned they will no longer be able to view or edit the review. 
Please note that MEDLINE is no longer an option as an identifier in References. 

1. Excluding an outcome from publication 
In RevMan Web it is now possible to exclude an outcome from publication. Guidance on this can be found here 
2. How to split the review/screen (using your browser) 
You can use your browser to look at different parts of a review at the same time (similar to the split screen view in RevMan 5). For further guidance, please go to
Changing the Contact person in to another author 
Following the recent changes of adding Affiliation addresses to authors’ records in Archie, i.e. making a distinction between Contact address and Affiliation, there is an extra step you need to take in Archie when reallocating the role of Contact Person. You will receive an error message "Role must be affiliated with at least one affiliation" if no Affiliation is ticked when the Contact Person is selected on the Document Role pop-up. Please follow the steps below to reassign the Contact Person role: 
1.   Go to Review’s Properties sheet > click on the People tab 
2.   Highlight the Contact Person 
3.   Click Edit 
4.   Document Role pop-up appears 
5.   Click on person icon and search for new Contact Person by name (see screenshot). 
6.   Select new Contact Person  
7.   Document Role pop-up appears - there are two tabs, Role and Affiliations  
8.   Click on Affiliations tab and tick correct affiliation (see screenshot) 
9.   Click ok  
10. Archie notification will appear that the Contact Person role is reassigned 
If steps 8-9 are not completed, you will receive the error message. 
3. REMINDER: ME Support queries
When contacting ME Support, please ensure you include as much information as possible in your message. For example, if the query is about a particular review or workflow, please provide the name of the review. This will ensure that responses are given in a timely manner.
Please contact the Community Support Team on issues around RevMan, Cochrane Interactive Learning, membership or other organisational initiatives
4. Training opportunities: Assessing the certainty of evidence 
We are pleased to inform you that a new presentation for delivering training on Assessing the certainty of evidence is available for members of Cochrane Trainers’ Network.
The presentation is part of the Standard Training Materials and is available at To access the new material, sign in to the page with your Cochrane Account, open the zipped file (currently available only in English) and look for the PowerPoint presentation “15. Assessing the certainty of evidence”. 
The presentation was developed by Cochrane Membership Learning and Support Services, with expert input from Dr. Nancy Santesso from Cochrane’s GRADEing Methods Group. 
It consists of 43 slides with notes, including suggestions for interaction of trainers with training participants.
The presentation provides a reminder on how to read and understand meta-analysis results, presents the GRADE approach to assessing certainty of evidence and explains the factors affecting certainty. The content of the new presentation partly corresponds to the online learning Module 7: Interpreting the findings of Cochrane Interactive Learning. Note that the ‘Summary of findings’ tables are not covered in this presentation, but will be in the following presentation on Reporting the findings (to be launched in 2019).
The presentation is designed to be used as part of the standard face-to-face author training on conducting a systematic review following Cochrane methods. It can also be adapted for stand-alone training in GRADE assessment of the certainty of evidence and can be used as part of a blended learning package that includes the corresponding Cochrane Interactive Learning module.
As always, we encourage you to send your feedback on content and use of this new presentation. Please contact us at

Meet, greet and ask questions  PICO

New team member Anna Last, Medical Terminology Manager will be available to meet you and raise any vocabulary specific issues you may have. The session will take place on November 27 and you can also raise questions and discuss any aspects of annotation work with fellow annotators.
Please feel free to submit questions to that you would like to see addressed. 

Please note that this webinar will be recorded. 
Please register for PICO annotation: meet our new team member & drop in session on Nov 27, 2018 13:00 PM CET/ 12:00 PM GMT at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
5. Welcome and Farewell
Welcome Jia Xi Han (aka JC Han) as the new AME with the Australian Satellite of the EPOC Group. 

Welcome also to Sheila Cyril as the new AME for Musculoskeletal Group, based in Melbourne.

Farewell to Emma Tavender, ME of the Australian Satellite of  the EPOC Group. Emma will maintain her contact with Cochrane as the Associate Editor. 
Contact us...
If you have any questions about any of the above items, or about any aspect of your ME role, regardless of your location, please contact us at

The Cochrane Managing Editor Support Team:
Anupa Shah | Liz Dooley | Sally Bell-Syer | Bryony Urquhart
Managing Editor Support Website
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