Getting involved as a Review Author

Being part of a Cochrane review group provides the support, resources and training to tackle a systematic review, and an international audience when your work is published in the Cochrane Library.

CGF has specific advice and guidance for authors with our group:

General resources

  • Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions - the official guide to producing Cochrane reviews
  • RevMan web page - documentation and support for software for preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews
  • GRADEpro - (GRADEprofiler) is the software used to create Summary of Findings (SoF) tables in Cochrane systematic reviews
  • Cochrane Style Resource - compare your Cochrane Review against the official style guide
  • Re-publishing of reviews - refer to the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource for an explanation of procedures and here for information if you wish to re-publish your review in another scientific journal
  • Reporting Guidelines
    CONSORT - reporting of RCTs and PRISMA - preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses
    STROBE - reporting of observational studies in epidemiology
    EQUATOR Network - collection of reporting guidelines
  • Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group
  • Submission deadlines - for information on deadlines for Copy Edit Support and module/CENTRAL submissions, as well as publication dates for The Cochrane Library contact CGF's Managing Editor ( We now have a continuous publication model known as Publish-when-ready so publication now occurs within hours after the last publication form has been submitted

If you have expertise in some aspect of healthcare, consider joining the relevant Cochrane Review Group. You can also engage in Cochrane through the new Join Cochrane site that details the ways you can contribute to our work. 


Contact Cochrane Centres or Review Groups about local workshops and courses in review production. Some of these events are listed on the Cochrane workshops section of the Training homepage.

For online training go to our training site - learn the steps in convenient online modules which supplement the Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook in helping you gain skills and complete your review.

For a training resource provided by another organisation go to Undertaking Systematic Reviews of Research on Effectiveness - an extensive guide by the NIHR Centre for Reviews & Dissemination.