Authors of Cochrane Reviews (including updates and protocols for a Cochrane Review) and Editorials are required to sign a licence for publication each time a new citation version is prepared (for further information, please see the section on Editorial Approval). The Cochrane Review Group (or the Cochrane Editorial Unit, if an Editorial) will send a notification to each listed author, reminding them to sign the licence for publication form. Publication in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews will proceed only once all authors have signed the licence for publication form.
The licence for publication forms include information on how to proceed when an author’s contributions are owned by the author’s Employer (including government work, and staff members of the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization), including addenda to the licences where appropriate.
This section of the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource includes:
- Licence forms for Cochrane Reviews and Protocols:
- Standard licence for publication form for a Cochrane Review
- Standard licence for publication form for a Protocol of a Cochrane Review
- Licence for publication forms that should be used when gold open access is selected:
- Addenda where contributions owned by Employer
- Licence for publication form for Editorials
Guidance is also provided for exceptional circumstances when a Cochrane Review Group Managing Editor may submit a licence for publication form on behalf of an author.