ME Support Digest
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Issue 04, May 2019


  1. UPDATE: Changes to two Archie system wide email templates
  2. UPDATE:Updating Classification System (UCS)
  3. REMINDER: Data protection and peer review
  4. REMINDER: Data protection and Archie workflow template emails
  5. Welcome
  6. Farewell
1. UPDATE: Changes to two Archie system wide email templates
Links to the Archie Help file have been updated in the following two system wide email templates:
NEW2018 C5 Review and comment on draft; and
NEW2018 C7 Review and comment on draft.

If you have customised these email templates, you will need to change this link, to in the message of the email. 

For further information on editing task email templates, please click
2. UPDATE: Updating Classification System (UCS)
Updating Classification System (UCS)
A pre-publication checklist (for the initial batch of update status information) has been agreed. Four Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) are applying this to the update statuses from their CRGs, and the next step is to publish these data in May. This will also check the publication in the ‘live’ environment, and an important step before a wider roll-out. Please note that this will not impact CRGs that are not ready to publish their classifications. 

An updated version of the UCS guide is available with the following updates:
  • figures have been updated to reflect the new visual format of UCS information on the Cochrane Library;
  • new sections on Archie searches to help identify UCS by CRG; and
  • an Appendix with examples of commonly occurring issues that may arise when populating the UCS Rationale and free-text Explanation field in Archie, along with suggestions of how to approach or improve them.

The UCS Project Team is also currently setting up a strategy team to discuss queries, focusing on implementation of the UCS. The team is continuing work on developing a UCS training and support programme.

 A new email address has been set up for all queries relating to the UCS:

For updates on this and other Editorial and Methods Department (
EMD) projects, please click here.

3. REMINDER: Data protection and peer review      
Please refer to Ursula Gonthier's email to the MEs mailing list dated 29 March 2019. The email contains an attachment with notes from the MEs meeting at the Cochrane UK Symposium in March along with some good practice recommendations on data protection.
4. REMINDER: Data protection and Archie Workflow template emails
A reminder to read Ursula Gonthier's email to the MEs mailing list dated 5th April 2019 about the addition of an updated data protection statement to the system wide workflow template emails which are used to invite peer or consumer reviewers to comment on a draft protocol, review or update in Archie.
Ursula's email includes screenshots on where to find these email templates and how to edit the text.
5.  Welcome
Teo Quay (pictured) has started as the new ME for the Cochrane Anaesthesia & Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care groups and will be based in Denmark.

Common Mental Disorders have recruited a new AME, Lindsay Robertson.
Tina Jakob and Vanessa Piechotta are new AMEs for Haematological Malignancies.
Wounds have a new Editorial Assistant, Tom Patterson.
6. Farewell
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Jane Cracknell, who has been ME for Cochrane Anasthesia for 18 years. Jane's last day will be on 10th May. We wish Jane all the best for the future.
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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