Submitting a proposal for a Cochrane Review

We would encourage anyone interested in preparing a Cochrane Review to first become a member with Cochrane. See here on how to Join Cochrane and what's in it for you. Once you become a member, you will have access to Cochrane's Review author start kit.

Cochrane invites prospective authors to propose new Cochrane Reviews by submitting a proposal in Editorial Manager. Please see the Cochrane Library information for authors for further details.

Deadlines

  • CEV expects a first draft of a protocol for an intervention/prognosis review to be submitted to the editorial base three months after title registration and the protocol to be published within six months of title registration. 
  • CEV expects a first draft of a protocol for a DTA/NMA review to be submitted to the editorial base 5 months after title registration and the protocol to be published within nine months of title registration.

If these deadlines are not met (or an extension agreed with the Editorial base), the title will be de-registered and will be available for a new team to take up.

  • The review should be published within two years of the protocol being published. If it is not, then CEV will withdraw the protocol from the Cochrane Library.
  • The update should be published within one year of the search results being conducted. 

Authors are also encouraged to review Cochrane's Rejection of Cochrane Reviews policy as Cochrane Eyes and Vision will reject a protocol or review at any stage for one or more of the following reasons: poor quality; agreed timelines not met; evidence that the author team lacks the core competencies to complete the review; concerns about conflict of interest or other aspects of publication ethics.