Issue 9, December 2017


  1. Editorial policy update: rejecting Cochrane Reviews and the appeals process webinar
  2. New resources and Cochrane Review Group re-accreditation
  3. The Enhanced Cochrane Library project
  4. Resolved Cochrane Library issue: ‘New’ tag for CENTRAL records
  5. The Campbell Collaboration
  6. Common errors ‘virtual workshop’ for Editors announcement
  7. ISMPP European Meeting 2018: COPE member discount 
  8. And now for something completely different.....
  9. ME Support cover over December/January holiday
1. Editorial policy update: rejecting Cochrane Reviews and the appeals process webinar
The following videos are from a Cochrane Learning Live webinar covering the editorial policies on rejecting Cochrane Reviews and protocols for Cochrane Reviews, and the appeals process that have recently been included in the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource. This webinar highlights the changes and discusses how to apply them in practice with practical examples. A demonstration on how to implement decisions in Archie and RevMan is also included.
2. New resources and Cochrane Review Group re-accreditation 
A new online resource has been launched to support the restructuring of Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs).
This will house important information, documents, Community FAQs and up-to-date resources for CRGs and the new Cochrane Networks. Information will also be provided via the Cochrane Review Groups Digest, so keep an eye out for these emails. 
It has also recently been announced that all CRGs will need to be re-accredited every five years, in order to continue as CRGs. The re-accreditation process began in November 2017. This document sets out the revised core functions of CRGs within a Network, and the main areas relevant to the accreditation process. A very similar process will be followed if applications are received from teams wishing to establish new CRGs, or if an existing team is unable or unwilling to continue running a CRG and open applications are sought for teams to take on this responsibility. Of particular interest to CISs is that one of the core functions of a CRG will be the maintenance of a Specialised Register. 
A new FAQs website has also been established.
If you have any issues or concerns, you can raise them with the structure and function review project team at:
3. The Enhanced Cochrane Library project
The Enhanced Cochrane Library project is all about developing a new platform to improve user experience. 

During 2017, the development of this new and improved platform has experienced further, significant delays, and will now launch in 2018. 

Work on this hugely complex project, which forms a major contribution to our Strategy to 2020 goal of making Cochrane the ‘home of evidence’ to inform health decision-making, is ongoing, and we will provide Cochrane’s Community with a full update in January 2018. 

We are working with Wiley, our publisher, and Highwire, an established platform provider, to build and deliver an enhanced product with new features and greater functionality that makes it easier for users to discover and use Cochrane content in their decision-making. 

We have been redeveloping all aspects of the Cochrane Library platform to improve user experience. The work is divided into many different areas, each a building block towards the enhanced Cochrane Library. The first area we have worked on together is the display of the Cochrane Review. Other areas include the display of CENTRAL, linking of the CDSR and CENTRAL, the search and discovery interface, and multi-language search and the display of non-English language content. Researching user needs and stakeholder insights is a key component of development. 

The Cochrane Library will maintain its familiar look-and-feel while improving the overall user experience. We look forward to providing you with a fuller update in January 2018. 

For updates see

If you have any questions, please contact Cochrane’s Editor in Chief, David Tovey, or Senior Editor, Harriet MacLehose

4. Resolved Cochrane Library issue: ‘New’ tag for CENTRAL records
Summary of the issue: With the publication of Issue 10, 2017 (31 October 2017), saw that it was not possible to use the ‘New’ filter in Advanced Search for CENTRAL records (other databases in the Cochrane Library were not affected).

Impact: The impact of the filter not working was that it is not possible to limit search results to records that were newly added to CENTRAL in Issue 10, October 2017.

Cause: This occurred as an unintended consequence of data changes that were required for the new Cochrane Library platform.

Workaround: There was no workaround for Issue 10, October 2017 of CENTRAL.

Resolution: The technical teams worked on a resolution and we can report the successful load of CENTRAL Issue 11, on 30 November 2017, with the reinstatement of the NEW status tag.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do contact
David Hives, Cochrane Production Manager, Wiley.

Announcement page updated with
5. The Campbell Collaboration
In February 2015 the Campbell Collaboration and Cochrane have reached an agreement to increase the cooperation between both organizations; see As part of the agreement, Campbell is going to adopt Archie as their editorial management system. For this reason, you will see new Campbell folders with their different Review Groups in Archie, and some information about Campbell might be disseminated through the titles bulletins. For those of you who have Campbell authors as part of your constituency, you might get requests to modify the information or to transfer the primary entity to the record to a Campbell entity. This agreement does not affect publication: Campbell is going to continue to publish their reviews in the Campbell Library. For queries about the agreement, please contact Sylvia de Hann ( and for technical queries, please contact Gert van Valkenhoef (
6. Common errors 'virtual workshop' for Editors
Cochrane’s Learning and Support Department is pleased to invite Cochrane Editors to an online ‘virtual workshop’ on common statistical errors made in Cochrane Reviews. The 90 minute workshop is taking place on 18th January 2018 at 09:00 UTC, and is aimed specifically at Cochrane Editors. This is an exciting new format for delivering distance learning in Cochrane, and we will be using the GoToTraining learning platform to replicate the face-to-face workshop experience in a virtual environment.
The ‘virtual workshop’ is organized jointly by the Cochrane Learning and Support Department, the Cochrane Editorial Unit, and the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group. Due to the limited number of places on this ‘virtual workshop’, we can only accept the participants who are actively working as Editors in Cochrane Review Groups.
For more information about the ‘virtual workshop’ and to sign up, go to:
Finally, please note that the workshop content will be the same as in the 'Common errors in meta-analysis – lessons and learning from Cochrane review screening programme' workshops that was delivered on 14 September, 2017 at the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town; on 16 November, 2017 at the Cochrane Learning Live webinar of the same title; and on 23 November, 2017, at the Australasian Cochrane Symposium. If you attended any of these events, you may decide not to sign up for this ‘virtual workshop’.
7. The International Society for Medical Publication Professional (ISMPP) European Meeting 2018: COPE member discount
DATE & TIME: Monday, 23 January 2017 9:00am to Tuesday, 24 January 2017  4:30pm 

ISMPP (pronounced IzMap) will hold its 2018 European Meeting, Advancing Medical Publications in a Complex Evidence Ecosystem, on 23-24 January, in London, and is offering a 10% discount on the registration fee to COPE members. 

Access the 
registration page at, and enter EU18COPE10 in the “Discount Code” field. The 10% discount is available off the Early Bird fee until 6 December 2017 and off the Standard fee until 3 January 2018.
Building on its theme, Advancing Medical Publications in a Complex Evidence Ecosystem, the meeting sessions will address current issues and future trends associated with the ever-increasing complexity of medical publications, including: 
•                 Industry panel on Operational Challenges for the Publications Professional 
•                 Panel session titled “Time to Embrace Change in Medical Publishing?” exploring innovative, new communication models in medical publishing 
•                 Panel session on Evolving Transparency Requirements in a Complex Multi-Stakeholder Environment 
•                 Parallel sessions, including Patient Involvement in Research and Communication, Growing Importance of Real-World Evidence, and The Learning Room .
8. and now for something completely different........
Cochrane’s own Jon Snow (aka Jordi Pardo Pardo), born Aegon Targaryen, the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, the late Prince of Dragonstone. And the beautiful Daenerys Targaryen (aka Lara Maxwell) Mother of Dragons.
9. ME Support cover over December/January holiday
The ME Support team will be working up to 22 December 2017. We will be back at work on 2 January 2018. If you have an urgent query, please include ‘Urgent’ in the subject field of your email to, and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.
If you have a technical problem, please contact

Seasonal greetings from the ME Support team
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