If you as an author are interested in performing a Cochrane review, first step is to do a title proposal.
Make sure your proposal does not duplicate any work already published or registered with Cochrane by searching The Cochrane Library for any published protocols or reviews related to your topic of interest.
If you believe that your proposed title will not overlap with any registered or published Cochrane review title then please follow the steps below.
We receive a great number of title applications. Our resources are limited and we cannot accept all title applications. We therefore have to prioritize, which titles to register. One way we prioritize titles is to invite authors to initially submit PICOs, this allows the editors to decide which title is of interest to them. We offer no guarantees that any PICO will be chosen. It is up to the editors as to which are of interest to them. We ask all authors to submit a title registration form for Intervention Review or Diagnostic Test Accuracy Review to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you need to confirm that there are at least two randomised trials in your topic area; only rarely will Cochrane Colorectal Group register empty reviews.
We advise that each review team is comprised of at least two authors (preferably three) to independently extract data. We ask that that each review team has access to independent statistical help and that at least one of the authors is experienced in either writing systematic reviews or performing randomized controlled trials. Please also be aware because English is the common language within the Cochrane Collaboration, we require that at least one author be proficient in written English. This person should be responsible for writing the protocol and review.
Please be aware that authors should only submit one title proposal. They should not submit a second until the first has been published as a complete Cochrane review. This is because you need to complete one review before taking on a second.
We also ask that authors limit their contact to one Cochrane Review Group (CRG) at a time until we have responded with a decision (In otherwords only send your title proposal to one CRG, do not send the same proposal to multiple CRGs at the same time). If we decline your title proposal then please inform the other CRG that your title was submitted to us and declined.
We invite authors to undertake reviews on the below topics. We have titles in every stages: available, orphaned protocols and reviews and reviews to be updated.
- Colorectal, anal, and small bowel cancer
- Surgical treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases
- Surgical anal diseases
- Benign proctological diseases
- Surgical techniques