The Cochrane Library Oversight Committee helps avoid difficulties that may arise from the dual roles of the Editor in Chief (i.e. accurately inform and educate readers while protecting and strengthening the integrity of the journal). Roles of Oversight Committee typically include the following, to:
- Serve as a forum for discussion and deliberation of contentious or potentially contentious issues
- Provide an impartial mechanism for review of the performance of the Editor in Chief
- Have a major role in the case of any proposed dismissal of the Editor in Chief
Membership of the committee typically includes individuals who are not members of the board or otherwise part of the governance structures of the owner. These individuals are typically high profile members of one of the journal’s stakeholdergroups.