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Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR)

The Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) project aims to specify methodological expectations for Cochrane Protocols, Reviews, and updates of reviews on the effects of interventions, and to ensure that these methodological expectations are supported and implemented across The Cochrane Collaboration. The expectations are intended for both internal and external audiences to the Collaboration. They will provide authors and users of The Cochrane Library with clear and transparent expectations of review conduct and reporting, will enable Cochrane Review Groups to hold authors accountable during the editorial process, will facilitate support and monitoring functions co-ordinated by the Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU), and should improve liaison between methodologists and editorial teams.

The MECIR project is co-ordinated by a team from the Methods Application and Review Standards (MARS) Working Group and the CEU: Rachel Churchill, Julian Higgins, Jackie Chandler, David Tovey and Toby Lasserson.

Information is provided here on the projects progress to date. Current documents available for view are:

Standards for the conduct of new reviews of interventions

Methodological standards for the conduct of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (Version 2.3, 02 December 2013)

Poster format of conduct standards

These standards provide clarity in line with the Cochrane Handbook about expectations on how to conduct a new Cochrane Intervention Review. They are not considered to be applicable to updates of Cochrane Reviews at this point. They will be subject to review in 2013.

Each standard is considered to be either mandatory (compliance required for publication) or highly desirable (expected but may be justifiably not done).

Development of methodological standards for the conduct of intervention reviews (process document)

Annex 2: Feedback and response to consultation

This background paper sets out the process by which the methodological standards were developed; describing early proposals and groundwork by the Editor in Chief and members of the Co-Eds Executive, the establishment of six working groups, drafting and refinement of the standards, the consultation process and amendments made in light of the consultation. The document also includes early plans for implementation of the standards. Annex 2 provides the responses received from the consultation and how these were addressed by the MECIR co-ordinating team.

Standards for the reporting of new reviews of interventions

Methodological standards for the reporting of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (version 1.1, 17 December 2012)

Poster format of reporting standards

These standards provide clarity in line with the conduct standards on how to report a new Cochrane Intervention Review. They are not considered to be applicable to protocols for Cochrane Reviews or updates of Cochrane Reviews at this point. They will be subject to review in 2013.

Each standard is considered to be either mandatory (compliance required for publication) or highly desirable (expected but may be justifiably not done).

Non-English language versions of the standards

The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre has translated the conduct and reporting standards into Spanish. This is now available from: 

http://www.cochrane.es/files/MECIR_esp_web.pdf

Standards for the reporting of plain language summaries in new reviews of interventions

Plain language summaries fulfil an important function in Cochrane Reviews. Aimed at a broad readership they convey the review question and the findings in terms that are accessible to consumers and non-expert readers. The standards presented here have been developed by a committee led by the Consumer Coordinator, Catherine McIlwain. They have been finalized based on comments received from a consultation process that involved stakeholders who were internal and external to The Cochrane Collaboration. 

Standards for the reporting of Plain Language Summaries in new Cochrane Intervention Reviews

The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre has translated PLEACS into Spanish. This is now available from: 

http://www.cochrane.es/files/Spanish_translation_PLEACS.pdf

Guidance based on CEU quality assurance

Since September 2013, the CEU has been responsible for pre-publication screening of new intervention reviews. This process focuses on a key reporting and conduct standards. More information about this process can be found on the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource

Good practice & common errors - a table overview of the most common errors and points of good practice identified from reviews that have been screened (updated 30/05/2014).

Incorporating GRADE in Cochrane Reviews - guidance with good practice examples developed in conjunction with members of the GRADE working group on how to bring GRADE methods and quality of evidence ratings into the text of Cochrane Reviews (updated 30/05/2014). 

For further information, please contact Jackie Chandler: jchandler@cochrane.org

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