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    3.3 Using the CRS to maintain a specialised register

    The CRS can be used to maintain either a study-based register, or a reference-based register, which includes reports of studies (see 2.7 Types of Specialised Registers for more information on how these differ). Study reports are added by importing referen ...
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    3.5 Using the CRS to find clinical trials

    The CRS can assist in clinical trial discovery. Records are fed into the CRS from several different sources. One route is the specialised registers maintained by all the groups, and all Cochrane information specialists can search the trials registers of o ...
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    3.6 Features of the CRS

    The CRS has many features, but some to highlight include: The CRS has built-in machine learning (the Classifier), which uses the classifications from Cochrane Crowd to help users decide if a study report refers to an RCT or a CCT The machine learning tool ...
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    7. Editorial process

    There are four key phases in the life of a systematic review; the review proposal, the protocol, the review and the update. The editorial process for each phase is outlined here, but as there may be variations in the process depending on the review group, ...
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    7.1 Review Proposal

    Prospective authors will submit a review proposal form to the review group. This will be assessed by the editorial team and will either be accepted or rejected. ...
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    7.2 Protocol

    A draft protocol will be submitted within three months of the proposal acceptance, for editorial review.  At this stage that CIS’ are likely to work with authors to draft a search strategy for one of the databases, to be included in the published protocol ...
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    7.3 Review

    Following publication of a protocol a date to run the searches is agreed, if the authors are not running the searches themselves. Depending on how long it has been since the draft strategy was first created, a search may need to be checked and updated as ...
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    7.4 Update

    Reviews may need to be updated for a number of reasons: if new studies are found that could change the conclusions of the review, if there is ongoing uncertainty and new evidence could change practice, if an update has been commissioned by a guideline mak ...
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    7.5 Alternative editorial processes

    There is a fast-track editorial process, for experienced author teams, where the editorial tasks are managed centrally in collaboration with the review group. Cochrane are currently piloting Living Systematic Reviews. LSRs are systematic reviews that are ...
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    7.6 Updating Classification System

    Cochrane are currently implementing an Updating Classification System (UCS) for Cochrane reviews. The idea is to inform readers whether a Cochrane Review is up to date, if it is likely to be updated in the future, or if it does not currently need updating ...