EPPI-Reviewer and the Cochrane Author Support Tool

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.

What next?

The Cochrane Informatics and Knowledge Management Department (IKMD), along with the Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU), will be communicating development progress and will engage with groups wishing to be early adopters for trialling the tool. Groups and individuals who are already familiar with Covidence may continue to use this tool but should recognise that, with development in process, frequent changes to the application will occur over the coming months.

Cochrane’s IKMD are leading this project, with support from the Editorial Unit, who represent the users (authors) of these tools. Please direct any questions to IKMD support address