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New guidance available for authors on using social theories in preparing Cochrane Reviews of complex interventions

8 February 2016 - 5:14am

Complex intervention reviews can be aided by the application of social theories. Members of the Methodological Investigation of Cochrane Complex Intervention reviews project group, supported  by the Methods Innovation Fund and the Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group, have developed guidance to assist authors in the selection of social theories in reviews of complex interventions.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Cochrane Response – Working with Cochrane Review Groups

5 February 2016 - 4:56pm

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cohrane.org

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List of countries eligible for free one-click access to the Cochrane Library in 2016

29 January 2016 - 9:02pm

Following the 2016 annual review, we are delighted to confirm that Wiley will offer free access to the Cochrane Library including more than 9,000 full text Cochrane Systematic Reviews and Protocols in 117 countries with approximately 2 billion people. One-click free access is provided by country IP recognition for all of the included countries, so no individual login is needed.

External link for more information:  http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/view/0/FreeAccess.htm... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Staff Update: Events Support Co-ordinator

27 January 2016 - 5:11pm

Dear Colleagues,

 

I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Holly Millward as the new Events Support Co-ordinator. Holly is an accomplished professional, who has been working at Cochrane UK since 2012 in her role as Communications and Engagement Officer.

 

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Looking ahead to 2016: a message from the Cochrane CEO

26 January 2016 - 7:25pm

I recently met with the Cochrane Steering Group (CSG) in Vancouver, and it was a great opportunity to reflect on our many achievements in 2015, and to plan ahead for work in 2016. Here you will find all the major decisions taken by CSG. The meeting was full of stimulating discussions on what kind of organization we want to be in the future.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Notes from the Cochrane Steering Group meeting, Vancouver 16-17 January 2016

26 January 2016 - 7:11pm

Here are the highlights and decisions from the recent Cochrane Steering Group (CSG) meeting.

Cochrane Targets for 2016
The CSG has set Cochrane’s key areas of activity for 2016, approving a set of 17 organization-wide Targets. The CSG would like to emphasize that achieving the Targets is a joint responsibility of all the Cochrane Groups across the collaboration. We can’t do it without you.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Call for tender for the provision of training in systematic reviews

25 January 2016 - 7:10pm

I wanted to raise to your attention a tender call on training for systematic reviews . As many of you conduct training on systematic reviews and this is open to non-EU groups, I wanted to ensure you all were made aware of this call.

  •  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/) has recently published a call for tender for the provision of “Training in Systematic Reviews or in specific steps of Systematic Reviews for EFSA risk assessment”.  
  • The maximum budget available is 330.000 Euros.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Staff Update: Welcome (back) and congratulations

13 January 2016 - 5:34am

I am pleased to announce that Catherine McIlwain has returned from maternity leave today. Catherine will be taking up a new post, the Membership Coordinator, as part of the CEAD team. Given Catherine’s marketing background and experience with Cochrane, we are pleased that she decided to take up this challenge of launching the membership scheme this year.  She will be working three days’ a week to start.

 

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Open Access papers for CSG meeting in Vancouver on 16 & 17 January 2016

13 January 2016 - 4:00am

Dear Colleagues,

The agenda and open access papers for the Cochrane Steering Group (CSG) meeting to be held in Vancouver on the 16th and 17th January 2016 are now available to view online, for your information only,at http://www.cochrane.org/community/organisation-administration/minutes-reports/full-meetings-ccsg

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Support Evidently Cochrane and Students 4 Best Evidence

12 January 2016 - 6:41pm

Show support Evidently Cochrane and Students 4 Best Evidence and vote for them in the UK Blog Awards 2016! If they obtain enough votes, they will be shortlisted into the next stage where the category judges pick the winner.

Please vote for both blogs as many times as you like, all your votes count!

Voting closes on the 25th January.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Important change to the 2014 Impact Factor of the CDSR

9 January 2016 - 6:10am

Journal Impact Factors are released every year in June and are published by Thomson in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The JCR is updated on an annual basis in September.

Following the update of the JCR this year, the Impact Factor for the CDSR has increased from 6.032 to 6.035. One review was removed from the denominator of the CDSR Impact Factor calculation. The previous number of citable items was 1,978, it is now 1,977. Here is a reminder of how the Impact Factor is calculated:

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Gavin Stewart Email address:  gstewart@wiley.com

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Help support colleagues in India to inspire a new generation of evidence-based practitioners

16 December 2015 - 10:23am

QMed Knowledge Foundation trains students and professionals of medical and allied health sciences to learn how to search Internet resources correctly, retrieve information from databases, and further manage this information, in order to be more effective in finding the right evidence of what works (or does not) for healthcare delivery.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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Announcing the Community website redesign consultation

10 December 2015 - 6:52am

We’re ready to begin the next phase of re-branding Cochrane online: the re-design and restructure of the Community site. And we’d like your input! We’ve prepared a webinar, outlining the plan, timeline, and rationale for re-designing Cochrane Community, for your review and comment:

 

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University of Portsmouth & Cochrane Postgraduate Certificate in Systematic Reviews - enroll now for February 2016 start!

10 December 2015 - 5:50am

Cochrane and the University of Portsmouth (UoP) are pleased to announce the extension of our partnership following our successful collaboration in the development of our online learning materials. Cochrane contributors already have free access to these on-line resources.

External link for more information:  http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/health-sciences-and-socia... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Miranda Cumpston Email address:  mcumpston@cochrane.org

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Finance and Core Services announces changes to structure and team

9 December 2015 - 7:48am

Sarah Watson, Head of Cochrane's Finance and Core Services (FCS) team, has announced that, following a departmental re-structure, Abdullah Umar has left his position as Finance Manager, effective 8 December 2015. Following this departure, this role has become redundant, and FCS will be hiring a temporary Book Keeper and Finance Business Partner in early 2016. In the meantime, please direct any accounts or finance inquiries to the main FCS email address, accounts@cochrane, which the team will administer daily.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

Founding Cochrane Infectious Disease editor delivers the prestigious 2015 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Leverhulme Lecture

8 December 2015 - 8:58pm

Professor Jimmy Volmink, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, founding editor of the Cochrane Infectious Disease and Director of Cochrane South Africa, delivered the prestigious Leverhulme Lecture at LSTM on Tuesday 17th November 2015.

External link for more information:  https://lstmed.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Philomena Hinds Email address:  philomena.hinds@lstmed.ac.uk

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Using evidence in global public health policy: the WHO-Cochrane partnership

8 December 2015 - 8:39pm

Cochrane is an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2011. In July, we reported on some of the results of this partnership. We would like to now inform the Cochrane community about the broad areas of work that Cochrane agreed to work on with WHO from 2016-2018, and what we expect this to result in.

The plan of work with WHO can be divided into four broad lines of work:

External link for more information:  https://community.cochrane.org/about-us/relations-world... Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Sylvia de Haan Email address:  sdehaan@cochrane.org

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Registration opens for the Cochrane UK & Ireland 2016 Symposium

2 December 2015 - 9:01pm

Registration for the Cochrane UK and Ireland Symposium 2016 has opened on Eventbrite, where you can either pay by credit card or invoice. Earlybird rate is open untill 29th January and there are special rates for students, consumers, and charity representatives.

An event app will launch shortly with the latest symposium news and schedule. Once you are registered through Eventbrite, we will send you a personalised code to create your own login within the app. Don't worry if you don't have a smartphone or tablet, you can access the app online!

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane UK Email address:  general@cochrane.nhs.uk

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Alpha, Beta, Meta...Problems with power, precision, and type 1 error protection in meta-analysis

1 December 2015 - 8:15pm

Power estimates in meta-analysis were discussed in the methods debate at the recent Cochrane Colloquium in Vienna, featuring Ian Roberts and Jos Verbeek, and prompted a lively discussion. A recent publication in Anesthesia & Analgesia assessing power and precision in published meta-analyses has highlighted the size of the problem and thus the importance of this debate. Imberger et al.

Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Georgina Imberger Email address:  gimberger@gmail.com

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In memoriam: Aubrey Sheiham

30 November 2015 - 11:57am

It is with great sadness that Cochrane announces the death of our colleague, friend, and mentor, Aubrey Sheiham. Our thoughts and condolences are with Aubrey’s family, friends, and colleagues in the UK and around the world.

External link for more information:  http://community.cochrane.org/memoriam-aubrey Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Cochrane CEAD Email address:  cead@lists.cochrane.org

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