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Translation projects

This list includes the Cochrane translation projects that we are aware of, and that are supported by our Translations Co-ordinator and our publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. It may not cover all existing Cochrane content translations.

Languages are listed in alphabetical order. The numbers of translations are accurate as of June 2016; not all translations are up-to-date because Cochrane Reviews are updated regularly. PLS stands for Plain Language Summary.

If you are interested in contributing to translations in any of the listed languages, or for information about other languages, please email Juliane Ried, Cochrane's Translation Co-ordinator: juliane.ried@cochrane.org.

Language

Project details

Chinese, Simplified

Project start: 2014

Team responsible: Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Completed translations: 125

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Chinese, Traditional

Project start: 2013

Team responsible: Cochrane Taiwan

Scope: Abstracts and PLS*

Priority setting: Selection relevant to regional context

Completed translations: 252

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Translation process: Professional translators, validation by content experts

Funding: Taiwan Center for Evidence-Based Medicine

Croatian

Project start: 2013

Team responsible: Cochrane Croatia

Scope: PLS*

Priority setting: Consultation with patient associations, top accessed and downloaded Reviews

Published translations: 1814

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Translation process: Translation by volunteers (mainly medical students), editing by Cochrane staff

Funding: Grant under the Croatian 'Popularisation of Science' programme

French

Project start: 2011

Team responsible: Cochrane France

Scope: Abstracts and PLS*

Priority setting: New and updated Reviews, funder priorities, advisory board priorities

Published translations: 4678

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Translation process:

• 2011-2013: Two professional translation companies working with computer-aided software, editing by volunteer content and methods experts
• 2013 onwards: Cochrane trained machine translation software, editing by volunteer content and methods experts

Funding: Canadian Institute of Research Health, three Quebec government institutes, French Ministry of Health

German

Project start: 2014

Team responsible: Joint project between Cochrane Germany, Cochrane Switzerland and Cochrane Austria

Scope: PLS*

Priority setting: Public health, physiotherapy

Published translations: 858

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Translation process: Translation and editing by volunteer content, methods and language experts

Funding: none

Japanese

Project start: 2011

Team responsible: Cochrane Japan

Scope: Abstracts; more recently also PLS*

Priority setting: Selection relevant to Japanese guidelines

Published translations: 1142

Publication: MINDS website and Cochrane.org

Translation process: Professional translation, editing by content experts

Funding: MINDS

Korean

Team responsible: Cochrane Korea 

Published translations: 47 

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Malay

Project start: 2014

Team responsible: Cochrane Malaysia 

Published translations: 172

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Polish

Project start: 2015

Team responsible: Cochrane Poland

Published translations: 128

Portuguese

Project start: 2013

Team responsible: Cochrane Brazil

Scope: Abstracts and PLS*

Priority setting: Selection of interest to Brazil and the wider Portuguese speaking world

Completed translations: 365

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Translation process: Translation and editing by volunteer content, methods and language experts (partly students)

Funding: none

Russian

Project start: 2014

Team responsible: Cochrane Russia

Scope: PLS*

Priority setting: Selection relevant to regional context,

Completed translations: 820

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Translation process: Translation and editing by volunteer content and methods experts

Funding: none

Spanish

Project start: 1998

Team responsible: Cochrane Iberoamerica

Scope: Comprehensive translation programme of the entire CDSR and other resources, including:
• CDSR; initially translating the entire review; currently, due to reduced funding a shortened format of the review, abstracts and PLS;
• Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions, Version 5.1.0;
• MECIR, Standards for the conduct and reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews 2012;
• Selected podcasts;
Cochrane Evidence Aid - Resources for the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile (March 2010).

Priority setting: New and updated Reviews

Completed translations: 6500 abstracts, PLS

Publication: Biblioteca Cochrane Plus (via Update Software); Cochrane.org

Translation process: Computer-aided software, validation by content and methods experts

Funding: Spanish Ministry of Health

Tamil

Project start: 2014

Team responsible: Cochrane South Asia (since 2016 - previously run by volunteer groups)

Published translations: 540

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane.org

Turkish

Project start: 2016

Person responsible: Derya Senturk

Publication: http://www.kanitlar.com 

Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish

Project start: unknown

Scope: Abstracts

Priority setting: WHO Reproductive Health Library (not all content for all languages)

Completed translations: unknown

Publication: http://apps.who.int/rhl/ru/
index.html

Translation process: Professional translation companies or individuals, depending on the language, all translation teams use computer aided software (TRADOS)

Funding: WHO

PAST PROJECTS 
Language Contact Project details

Portuguese

Brazilian Cochrane Centre

Project duration: unknown

Scope: Abstracts

Priority setting: unknown

Completed translations: 650 (now all outdated)

Publication:
• The Cochrane Library for Latin America and Caribbean
• Brazilian Cochrane Centre website
• Brazilian Cochrane Consumer website

Translation process: unknown

Funding: unknown

Traditional Chinese

Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Project duration: 2008-2011

Scope: Abstracts

Priority setting: unknown

Published translations: 3600 (largely outdated)

Publication: CDSR and Cochrane Summaries

Translation process: Professional translators, editing by content experts

Funding: Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, Taiwan

French

Back Group

Project duration: 2010-2011

Scope: Abstracts and PLS*

Priority setting: Back Group Reviews; taken over by French Cochrane Centre, with editing supported by Back Group

Completed translations: unknown

Publication: unknown

Translation process: unknown

Funding: unknown

French

Center for the Development of Best Practices in Health, Cameroon; 
Infectious Diseases Group

Project duration: 2012

Scope: Abstracts and PLS*

Priority setting: Selected Reviews relevant to their region; taken over by French Cochrane Centre, with editing supported by Cameroon group

Completed translations: unknown

Publication: unknown

Translation process: unknown

Funding: unknown

French

Musculoskeletal Group

Project duration: 2010-2011

Scope: PLS*

Priority setting: Musculoskeletal Group Reviews published in 2010; taken over by French Cochrane Centre, with editing supported by Musculoskeletal Group

Completed translations: unknown

Publication: unknown

Translation process: unknown

Funding: unknown

French

Oral Health Group, French representatives

Project duration: unknown

Scope: Abstracts and PLS*

Priority setting: Oral Health Group Reviews; taken over by French Cochrane Centre, with editing supported by this  group

Completed translations: unknown

Publication: unknown

Translation process: unknown

Funding: unknown

French

UGPD Group

Project duration: 2010-2011

Scope: mainly PLS*, some abstracts

Priority setting: UGPD Group Reviews; taken over by French Cochrane Centre, with editing supported by UGPD Group

Completed translations: unknown

Publication: unknown

Translation process: unknown

Funding: unknown

German

German Cochrane Centre

Project start: 2004-2007

Scope:all translations outdated

Priority setting: unknown

Completed translations: 700 (now all outdated)

Publication: Cochrane Summaries

Translation process: Professional translators, editing by volunteer content and methods experts

Funding: unknown

Simplified Chinese

China Effective Health Care Network/ Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group

Project duration: 2012

Scope: Abstracts and PLS*

Priority setting: Infectious Diseases Group Reviews

Completed translations: 100 (pilot project with limited scope)

Publication: Cochrane Summaries

Translation process: Character conversion based on existing Traditional Chinese translations, editing by content and methods experts

Funding: Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group

Section info
Describe change
Updated to indicate the most recent number of available translations by language and the current status of the different projects (as of June 2016).
Change date
29 June 2016