Resources for review authors

Below are some links to resources which will assist you in writing your systematic review.

Before a protocol (or review) can be developed, a review team must complete a Title Proposal form, available from 


Top Tips for authors using RevMan
Archie for Authors and Contributors (Archie Knowledge Base)
Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Cochrane Style Manual
Cochrane Information Specialists' Handbook

MECIR standards for conduct & reporting of Cochrane intervention reviews, protocols & updates
GRADE Handbook
Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) 
Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource
Standards for the reporting of plain language summaries of new Reviews of Interventions
Pre-submission checklist for authors
Mind those outcome measures! A guide to enhanced critical appraisal of outcomes
Guidance on developing the Background

Searching for studies

Please see our guide to searching for studies here.


Cochrane Training resources website
Training workshops



Archie is Cochrane’s online information management system, where published and draft versions of all Cochrane Reviews are stored along with contact details of our contributors. To access Archie you must first create a Cochrane Account

The specific software developed by Cochrane for the development of systematic reviews is Review Manager (RevMan). There are currently two versions of RevMan:

  1.         RevMan Web (online platform recommended for Cochrane intervention reviews)
  2.         RevMan 5 (desktop version of the software used for other review formats and for offline working. This version is being retired and will not be updated after version 5.4.


GRADEpro GDT is used to create 'Summary of findings' tables in Cochrane Reviews.


Covidence is an online systematic review production platform, which is recommended by Cochrane.


EPPI-Reviewer is an alternative tool for authoring systematic reviews that is endorsed for Cochrane authors.