Cochrane Information Specialists are responsible for helping authors search for studies for inclusion in their systematic review.
Each Cochrane Group will have different ways of supporting authors depending on available resources, but CISs may:
- design search strategies
- run searches in databases (including the Group’s Specialized Register)
- supply authors with the results from searches
- design search strategies for authors who will run the searches themselves
- provide advice and guidance to authors on how to run searches
- provide advice and guidance on which sources to search
- screen the results for relevant study designs
All support for authors should be based on the following key Cochrane resources about identifying studies for Cochrane reviews:
- MECIR stands for Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews. The latest minimum, mandatory requirements are set out in this document.
- The Cochrane Handbook, Chapter 6: Searching for Studies
- The Handbook for DTA reviews, Chapter 7: Searching for Studies
Cochrane Training also provides an online module to help with the design and structure of search strategies: Searching for studies. These modules are targeted at Cochrane authors but they can be useful to CISs as well. You will need an Archie login to access this resource.