Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource
Permission to re-use material from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews now uses RightsLink®, the automated, online permissions clearing system from the Copyright Clearance Center. Requests to re-use or republish figures, tables, extracts and entire reviews can now be cleared online and a license providing details of the permission and the terms and conditions of the re-use is available for immediate download.

For more information, visit the Cochrane Library permissions and reprints webpage.

Authors/copyright owners of Cochrane Reviews

Authors have a number of rights in return for signing the Licence for Publication form. These are described in the Licence for Publication form.

Inclusion of a Cochrane Protocol or Review in a thesis or dissertation

Published version

If the Cochrane Protocol or Review is published, the author can requests permission to include the Cochrane Protocol or Review, in whole or in part, by clicking on the ‘Rightslink’ link alongside the published Cochrane Protocol or Review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (www.cochranelibrary.com).

Unpublished version

If the Cochrane Protocol or Review is still being prepared and one of the authors wishes to include it in whole or in part, then the author(s) may include it as long as the following is included in the dissertation/thesis:

"This is a draft and [pre-peer review/post-peer review] version of a [Protocol for a Cochrane Review/Cochrane Review]. Upon completion and approval, the final version is expected to be published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (www.cochranelibrary.com)."

Cochrane Groups (including Cochrane Review Groups)

Registered Cochrane groups (Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) and other Cochrane entities) are entitled, without contacting the publisher, to re-publish on CRG and other Cochrane Entity websites, in email, or other Cochrane-related alerting services:

  • Plain language summaries and abstracts (and translations thereof, where these are available) of Cochrane Reviews published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
  • All or part of the CRG or other Cochrane Entity modules published as part of the About The Cochrane Collaboration database.