4. Maintaining and developing a Specialised Register

The aim of searching for Specialised Registers (SR) is to identify as many studies that are relevant to the Group’s scope as possible.

Detailed information about the design and structure of search strategies for identifying studies for Cochrane reviews, and sources to search, is given in:

Each Review Group has a module that contains information about the group. The searching policies and procedures for Cochrane Information Specialists with regard to their register are described in the Group’s module under the heading ‘Specialised Register’. The CIS is generally responsible for checking and updating this section of the module.

Group modules can be accessed from the Cochrane Library or from the Group's directory in Archie.

The ways in which Groups maintain, develop and populate their register may differ.

Where, what, and how often you search to populate your register will depend on:

  • the scope of your Group as reflected in the Group’s Topic List
  • the sources available to you
  • the time you have for searching for your register