Cochrane Style Manual
Cochrane and related publications

In this section: Protocol for a Cochrane Review | Cochrane Review | Comment on a Cochrane Review | Handbooks | Handbook chapters | Cochrane Library and databases | Cochrane Organisational Policy Manual | Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource

Protocol for a Cochrane Review

Example: Ranganathan LN, Ramaratnam S. Zonisamide monotherapy for epilepsy [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006789. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006789.

Reference type Cochrane Protocol
Authors Ranganathan LN, Ramaratnam S
English title Zonisamide monotherapy for epilepsy

Note: do not add the word '[Protocol]' because the software enters this automatically.

Journal/book/source Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Date of publication 2007
Issue 4
Identifier - DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD006789

Note: the CD number is included in the DOI and does not need to be repeated.

Cochrane Review

Example: Herbert RD, de Noronha M, Kamper SJ. Stretching to prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 7. CD004577. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004577.pub3.

Reference type Cochrane Review
Authors Herbert RD, de Noronha M, Kamper SJ
English title Stretching to prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise
Journal/book/source Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Date of publication 2011
Issue 7
Identifier - DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD004577.pub3

Note: the CD number is included in the DOI and does not need to be repeated.

Comment on a Cochrane Review

To reference a specific item of feedback published within another Cochrane Review, use the review itself as a reference and not the feedback within the review. The sentence in the text should provide the appropriate context, such as 'We are preparing this protocol because of feedback received on, and available in, an earlier Cochrane Review (reference).' The reference can be cited in the text in this form: '(Johnson 2010, Feedback section, comment by Smith 2013)'

Handbooks

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions online version

Note: make sure to use the reference type 'Other', and not 'Book' or 'Section of book'.

Example: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from handbook.cochrane.org.

Reference type Other
Authors Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s)
English title Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011
Journal/book/source Available from handbook.cochrane.org

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions book version

Note: the book version of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions has been replaced by a more current version online. We are keeping the book version in the style manual for historical reasons, but make sure to cite the version used.

Example: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Reference type Book
Authors Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s)
English title Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Date of publication 2008
Publisher name John Wiley & Sons
City of publication Chichester (UK)

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy

Note: make sure to use the reference type 'Other', and not 'Book' or 'Section of book'.

Example: Deeks JJ, Bossuyt PM, Gatsonis C, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy Version 1.0.0. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2013. Available from srdta.cochrane.org.

Reference type Other
Authors Deeks JJ, Bossuyt PM, Gatsonis C, editor(s)
English title Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy Version 1.0.0. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2013
Journal/book/source Available from srdta.cochrane.org

GRADE Handbook

Example: Schünemann H, Brożek J, Guyatt G, Oxman A, editor(s). Handbook for grading the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations using the GRADE approach (updated October 2013). GRADE Working Group, 2013. Available from gdt.guidelinedevelopment.org/app/handbook/handbook.html

Reference type Other
Authors Schünemann H, Brożek J, Guyatt G, Oxman A, editor(s)
English title Handbook for grading the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations using the GRADE approach (updated October 2013). GRADE Working Group, 2013
Journal/book/source Available from gdt.guidelinedevelopment.org/app/handbook/handbook.html

Handbook chapters

Chapter of the Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews of Interventions with authors: online version

Note: make sure to use the reference type 'Other', and not 'Book' or 'Section of book'.

Example: Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanville J. Chapter 6: Searching for studies. In: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from handbook.cochrane.org.

Reference type Other
Authors Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanville J
English title Chapter 6: Searching for studies. In: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011
Journal/book/source Available from handbook.cochrane.org

Chapter of the Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews of Interventions with authors: book version

Note: the book version of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions has been replaced by a more current version online. We are keeping the book version in the style guide for historical reasons, but make sure to cite the version used.

Example: Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanville J. Chapter 6: Searching for studies. In: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, 2008:95-150.

Reference type Section of book
Authors Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanville J
English title Chapter 6: Searching for studies
Journal/book/source Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Date of publication 2008
Pages 95-150
Editor(s) Higgins JP, Green S
Publisher name John Wiley & Sons
City of publication Chichester (UK)

Chapter of Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions with editors: online version

Note: make sure to use the reference type 'Other', and not 'Book' or 'Section of book'.

Example: O’Connor D, Green S, Higgins JP, editor(s). Chapter 5: Defining the review question and developing criteria for including studies. In: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from handbook.cochrane.org.

Reference type Other
Authors O’Connor D, Green S, Higgins JP, editor(s)
English title Chapter 5: Defining the review question and developing criteria for including studies. In: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011
Journal/book/source Available from handbook.cochrane.org

Chapter of Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions with editors: book version

Note: the book version of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions has been replaced by a more current version online. We are keeping the book version in the style manual for historical reasons, but make sure to cite the version used.

Example: O'Connor D, Green S, Higgins JP, editor(s). Defining the review question and developing criteria for including studies. In: Higgins JP, Green S, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, 2008:83-94.

Reference type Other
Authors O’Connor D, Green S, Higgins JP, editor(s)
English title Chapter 5: Defining the review question and developing criteria for including studies
Journal/book/source Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Date of publication 2008
Pages 84-94
Editor(s) Higgins JP, Green S
Publisher name John Wiley & Sons
City of publication Chichester (UK)

Chapter of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy

Note: make sure to use the reference type 'Other', and not 'Book' or 'Section of book'.

Example: Deeks JJ, Wisniewski S, Davenport C, editor(s). Chapter 4: Guide to the contents of a Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Protocol. In: Deeks JJ, Bossuyt PM, Gatsonis C, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy Version 1.0.0. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2013. Available from srdta.cochrane.org.

Reference type Other
Authors Deeks JJ, Wisniewski S, Davenport C, editor(s)
English title Chapter 4: Guide to the contents of a Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Protocol. In: Deeks JJ, Bossuyt PM, Gatsonis C, editor(s). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy Version 1.0.0. The Cochrane Collaboration, 2013
Journal/book/source Available from srdta.cochrane.org

Cochrane Library and databases

Cochrane Library (not a specific database)

Example: Cochrane Library. www.cochranelibrary.com (accessed 10 February 2015).

Reference type Other
English title Cochrane Library
Journal/book/source www.cochranelibrary.com (accessed Day Month Year)

Cochrane Library database (not a specific issue)

Examples:

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, part of the Cochrane Library. www.cochranelibrary.com/cochrane-database-of-systematic-reviews/ (accessed 9 February 2015).

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), part of the Cochrane Library. www.cochranelibrary.com/central (accessed 21 February 2015).

About The Cochrane Collaboration, part of the Cochrane Library. www.cochranelibrary.com (accessed 15 February 2015).

Reference type Other
English title [Database name], part of the Cochrane Library
Journal/book/source www.cochranelibrary.com (accessed Day Month Year)

Note: write the direct URL for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and CENTRAL, but only write the general URL (i.e. www.cochranelibrary.com) for other databases.

Cochrane Library database: specific issue

Examples:

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 9, part of the Cochrane Library. www.cochranelibrary.com (accessed 10 February 2015).

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) 2010, Issue 4, part of the Cochrane Library. www.cochranelibrary.com (accessed 10 February 2015).

Reference type Other
English title Database 20XX, Issue X, part of the Cochrane Library
Journal/book/source www.cochranelibrary.com (accessed Day Month Year)

About The Cochrane Collaboration: specific module

Example: Dooley L, Thorning S, Dooley C, Del Mar C. Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group. About The Cochrane Collaboration 2010, Issue 2. Art. No.: ARI.

Reference type Other
Authors Dooley L, Thorning S, Dooley C, Del Mar C

Authors

English title Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group

Cochrane group name

Journal/book/source About The Cochrane Collaboration 2010, Issue 2. Art. No.: ARI

About The Cochrane Collaboration 20XX, Issue X. Art. No.: [insert code]

Cochrane Organisational Policy Manual

Note: this can be entered in Review Manager 5 (RevMan 5) by using the reference type 'Other' and pasting the full reference in the 'English Title' field. Make sure to update the access date.

Example: Cochrane Central Executive. Cochrane Organisational Policy Manual, (updated December 2014). (community.cochrane.org/organisational-policy-manual) (accessed 9 February 2015).

Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource

Note: this can be entered in RevMan 5 by using the reference type 'Other' and pasting the full reference in the 'English Title' field. Make sure to update the access date.

Example: Cochrane Editorial Unit. Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Resource, (updated May 2015). (community.cochrane.org/editorial-and-publishing-policy-resource) (accessed 9 May 2015).

Section info
Describe change
GRADE Handbook added.
Change date
19 October 2017