Resources for authors, editors and referees

The resources listed below are essential for authors, editors and referees involved in the Cochrane systematic review process at all stages - the protocol, the review and the update to the review.   Cochrane Training  also has a comprehensive array of resources for authors.

Archie ( is Cochrane's  Internet‐based server where your review(s) are stored and where you can read, print and compare current and past versions of your review. Archie also contains the contact details for contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration.You need a user name & password to access ARCHIE and this is organised if your review proposal is registered.

Review Manager (RevMan)

RevMan 5 is the software you use to write and edit your review(s).You use RevMan for protocols and reviews. It allows you to prepare the text, build the tables showing the characteristics of studies and the comparisons in the review, and add study data. It can perform meta-analyses and present the results graphically. You'll need to download this program & install it on your computer. Together, Archie and RevMan form the Cochrane Information Management System (IMS), which is designed to enable contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration to meet the demands of producing high quality systematic reviews of the evidence of the effects of healthcare and deliver these for publication in The Cochrane Library.

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions

This handbook is the official document that describes in detail the process of creating Cochrane systematic Reviews. The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is the official document that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of healthcare interventions. The current version of the Handbook is 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). It is available in various formats (e.g. online & PDF).

Methodological Expectations for Cochrane Reviews (MECIR)

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

GradePro (Grade Profiler)

GRADEpro is the software used to create Summary of Findings (SoF) tables in Cochrane systematic reviews. Incorporating GRADE in Cochrane reviews is a guide 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).

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