Updates: tips and tricks for Cochrane authors to tame the growing beast

2.45 - 4.15pm


Having completed and successfully published Cochrane review(s), many authors start the updates with a focus on whether there are any data published since the previous review. The often underestimate the amount of change required to update a review to the standards currently required. A change in landscape in terms methodological understanding of data analysis and assessment of risk of bias and an anticipation of greater transparency in methodology and quality of reporting means that most sections of a review need to be evaluated carefully against current standards of reporting such as MECIR, and consensus on how evidence should be evaluated and graded to support decision making using the GRADE approach. As a result, some authors may drop out of the process, and new authors need to be brought in to complete the updates.


  • To provide tips and hands on experience* on how to assess where changes are needed, why these are needed, what needs to be done.
  • To provide practical tips on how to approach the process of updating a review, including an overview of the key changes in standards and methodology (GRADE, MECIR, Summary of Findings table).
  • To obtain feedback from audience about their experiences and to identify if there are any support which will be useful to make the process more efficient.


    Examples of protocols and reviews will be provided as practice*. Preliminary results of a survey of coordinating and managing editors about updates will be shared. Feedback provided by authors in the workshop will be used to inform the development of support tools to authors involved in review updates

    Target audience

    Cochrane authors


    Lee Yee Chong

    Lee Yee Chong