The Cochrane Author Support Tool (CAST) is a major development in Cochrane’s technology and author support infrastructure. The CAST project will support authors in producing and maintaining quality Cochrane Reviews, providing integrated access to data extraction and data manipulation tools (Covidence and EPPI-Reviewer), and further enhance the current Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) to store any collected study data - creating CRS-D(where the ‘D’ is for data).
Complementing Cochrane’s existing tools, the three component parts of CAST (Covidence, EPPI-Reviewer and CRS-D) will increase the efficiency of the Cochrane Review production process and improve access to study data. CAST will provide an integrated and intuitive environment for authors and editorial teams.
We recommend that Cochrane authors do not begin to use the Cochrane Author Support tools until the project’s official launch date. We will co-ordinate a formal and staged launch in latter half of 2015.