ME Support Digest
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Issue 01, January 2019


  1. RevMan Web: Full Text option, Moving between references and study data
  2. Cochrane Library: feature to highlight reviews from CRGs discontinued 
  3. Request for details of potentially urgent submissions to CES    
  4. REMINDER: Scientific misconduct survey
  5. REMINDER: update your CoI statement for 2019
  6. Cochrane Survey: Provide feedback on Cochrane’s Policy on Conflicts of Interest 
  7. Cochrane Colloquium, Santiago 2019
  8. Welcome and farewell
  9. ME Support salutations
1. RevMan Web (a) Full Text option

Two new features in RevMan Web:
a. Full Text option
b. Moving between references and study data

The Full Text option is now available to scroll through all the text sections of a protocol and review. One Summary of findings table is also shown at present (the first one shown in the published review) but over time, the other tables and other sections will also be included.

There is a feature that allows you to edit included studies, analyses etc. directly from the list menus. To enable this:
Click on the Settings button (next to Practice Reviews)
Tick the box for ‘Show panel title toolbars’
Click OK
This action will need to be done for each protocol or review.
(b) Moving between references and study data
  1. It is now possible to move between references using Next/Previous buttons rather than clicking on the Back to . . . button.To do this in the Additional references section: Open a reference and click Edit Reference. This will allow you to navigate references with fewer mouse clicks.
  2. It is also possible to move between study data in a similar way.
To do this in the included studies section:
Open an included study and click Edit Study. The Next/Previous buttons will allow you to navigate study data such as study characteristics with fewer mouse clicks. If you are in the study characteristics of one study and click next, you will move to the study characteristics of the next study. This works the same for the general tab and Risk of Bias tab.

If you have any feedback or thoughts on these functions, please do not hesitate to contact the RevMan Web development team at
2. Cochrane Library: feature to highlight reviews from CRGs discontinued 
Before the Cochrane Library relaunch in August 2018, Cochrane Reviews Groups (CRGs) could select a review to highlight (see example below). CRGs used Archie to choose a review or protocol to display when browsing Cochrane Reviews by CRG.
This facility is not available on the new Cochrane Library. However, a related feature may be introduced in the future.  Therefore, there is no longer a requirement to create a new ‘note tag’ called ‘Highlight’ for a review, in Archie. 
If you have any queries please contact Monaz Mehta (Editor, Knowledge Translation) at

Figure shows Cochrane Review highlighted by CRG on the ‘Browse by CRG’ page in the previous Cochrane Library.  
3. Request for details of potentially urgent submissions to CES         

If you have any reviews with firm publication deadlines that fall between now and 31 December 2019, please let Elizabeth Royle (Copy-Editing Manager: know by 31 January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Please supply the following information.

  • Title of submission in Subject line of email
  • Estimated date of submission
  • Date by which publication is required
  • Number of included studies
  • Reason why publication deadline needs to be met, e.g. funded review, required for guidelines (please provide names of funders and guideline producers)
  • Anything else it would be helpful for Elizabeth to know.
4. REMINDER: Scientific misconduct survey

A request was circulated before Christmas asking for comments on the draft Cochrane policy on scientific misconduct.  This is a reminder that the deadline for responses to the survey is Thursday 31st January 2019. Responses will be collected via SurveyMonkey only, using the following link: Reading through the draft policy and guidance documents and then responding to the survey should take approximately 30 minutes of your time.

The please contact Bryony Urquhart ( if you have any questions about this process, the policy, or the survey.

5.  REMINDER: update your CoI statement for 2019
To add or update your conflict of interest declaration, follow these instructions (also available in Archie: 
1. Log in to Archie, ( open your person Properties sheet (click on your name in the blue bar at the top right-hand side of the screen), and go to the Roles tab. 
2. Choose one of the relevant roles (e.g. Editor, Statistician) from your list of roles. The conflicts of interest form (CoI form) appears in the Role description under the role table. 

3. Click Open in the CoI form option. The Conflict of Interest form opens. 

4. Complete the form and click Save. 
5. Click OK to confirm saving. 
6. Within an hour, data edited in Archie will be published on ( at
What if you have more than one role? 
If you have more than one role or belong to more than one Group, there is no need to edit more than one form in Archie: regardless of a person’s editorial role(s) and group(s) they belong to, only one form per person needs to be completed.
6. Cochrane Survey: Provide feedback on Cochrane’s Policy on Conflicts of Interest 

The Commercial Sponsorship policy for Cochrane reviews and review groups was last updated in October 2014 and is currently being reviewed to ensure it is fit for purpose.
Feedback is invited from you on how conflict of interest should be defined and managed. Please take 15 minutes to complete this important survey on COI by 17th February.

Please disseminate this survey to your editorial team, authors and referees where appropriate.
7.  Cochrane Colloquium, Santiago 2019
The call for abstracts and workshops is now open:
and closes on 12 April 2019.
8.  Welcome and farewell

Welcome to:
Sarah Davies who has joined Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems as Deputy Managing Editor, Sarah previously worked for Cochrane Common Mental Disorders.
Louise Walsh who has joined Cochrane Consumers and Communication as Assistant Managing Editor.
Taylor King who has joined Cochrane Fertility Regulation as Assistant Managing Editor.

And farewell to Sophie Maprayil who has left her role as AME Cochrane Neuromuscular.
9.  Happy New Year
The ME Support team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, please remember we are here to support you and answer queries just email us at, and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

If you have a technical problem, please contact:

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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
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