How to start a systematic review within the Childhood Cancer Group
First, identify a focused 4-part review topic (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) about interventions for children or/ and young adults with cancer. Second, ask the CCG Editorial Base if the topic already has been covered by an existing Cochrane systematic review. Third, if the topic has not been covered, please fill in the CCG Review Proposal form or the CCG DTA Title Registration form for Diagnostic Test Accuracy reviews and send this form to the CCG Editorial Base.
How to perform a Cochrane systematic review
- Read the title roadmap, protocol roadmap part1, protocol roadmap part 2, review roadmap part 1, review roadmap part 2, for systematic reviews.
- Read the DTA title roadmap, DTA protocol roadmap part1, protocol roadmap part2, review roadmap part 1, review roadmap part2 or the DTA flow chart of the Continental Europe Support Unit (CESU) for DTA reviews.
- Read the CCG module which is published in The Cochrane Library - the module describes the review and editorial processes for systematic reviews developed within the CCG.
- Consult the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions - the official guide to producing Cochrane reviews.
- Download Review Manager: (RevMan) - documentation and support for software for preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews. The pdf version of the RevMan User Guide is included with installation.
- Contact your local Cochrane Centre for training.
- Use Cochrane Collaboration Open Learning Materials - learn the steps in convenient online modules which supplement the Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook in helping you gain skills and complete your review. Or try the new Training website of the Cochrane Collaboration. Login with your Archie account.
- Use the Cochrane Style resource - compare your Cochrane Review against the official style guide.
- Use the QUOROM statement checklist - a checklist of items which systematic review authors can address in their review to assure readers of the reliabiliy of the review's findings.
- Templates of the CONSORT 2010 checklist are available to download in MS Word and in PDF.
- When randomized controlled studies are not available, non-randomised controlled studies (NRS) may be included in the review. See NRS-page for more information on NRS. Consult also the Cochrane Handbook (Chapter 13, Special Topics).
From September 2013, the Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU) will commence a pre-publication quality assurance programme for new Cochrane Reviews of intervention. This will involve screening each new intervention review against key criteria. We refer to the webpage of the CEU for more information.
The protocol or review will be published as green open access. The full text will be available 12 months after publication.
If you choose for gold open access, a fee has to be paid. Please see: http://www.cochrane.org/editorial-and-publishing-policy-resource/open-access
For Chinese authors:
Five GRADE papers published in the Chin J Evid-based Med has been put on the official website of the Chinese Cochrane Centre (http://www.gradeworkinggroup.org/_CN/index.htm) for free access.
Currently 4 other GRADE papers (from J Clin Epidemiol, 2011) are translated and will also be published in the Chin J Evid-based Med.