Resources for review authors

If you have expertise in some aspect of multiple sclerosis and rare disease health care, consider joining our group. Being part of a Cochrane Review Group provides you with the support and resources you need to undertake a systematic review. You would also be very welcome to visit us personally and discuss aspects of your review with skilled review authors. If you cannot visit we are accessible by telephone or email. Please download the form you will need to submit a proposal for a new Cochrane review:

Here you can find and download a variety of information and support materials to help you develop your protocol. 

Training - face-to-face

Contact Cochrane Centres or Review Groups about local workshops and courses in review production. Some of these events are listed on the Cochrane workshops page.

Training - online

  • Open Learning Materials - learn the steps in convenient online modules which supplement the Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook in helping you gain skills and complete your review.

Training resources provided by other organizations:

Search strategies

Access to specialised register by authors

Authors working on a review or a protocol are supported by the Editorial Base in the following ways:
The Trials Search Co-ordinator designs a search strategy for CCTRs in consultation with the authors. This personalised search strategy, together with a general search strategy for the Group, is run every three months following receipt of each new edition of the Cochrane Library.
References including references to abstracts are sent out to authors quarterly. Full articles are sent if authors have difficulties in obtaining them locally.

Additional search strategies

To ensure as many relevant studies as possible are identified, review authors may need to conduct additional searches. For example it may be useful to search the bibliographies of full articles received from the Editorial Base and articles found independently. It may also be useful to search other bibliographic databases.  Finally, it is often useful to contact trialists and drug companies. The results of these additional searches are sent to the editorial base for inclusion in the MS Group Trials Register.