Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource
Agreements between journals and the CDSR for co-publication of Cochrane Reviews

Some journals have indicated that they would like to publish abridged versions of Cochrane Reviews. In the past these have been informal agreements, but from 2010 onwards co-publication agreements need to be formalized between the editor of the journal, the Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library, and Wiley (the publisher of the Cochrane Library). A list of journals that have signed a Cochrane co-publication agreement is available (see below). Journal editors interested in arranging a Cochrane co-publication agreement should contact the Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library. A template for a co-publication agreement is available (Template co-publication agreement).

Authors should be aware that, even if such an agreement is in place, the Cochrane Review article is likely to go through the journal’s own peer review and editorial process (in addition to the CRG's processes). CRGs are encouraged to work with journal editorial teams that maintain a co-publication agreement, so that the process can be made as efficient as possible.

Authors who submit an abridged Cochrane Review to a journal that already has a Cochrane co-publication agreement do not need to request permission from the Cochrane Review publishers (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.) or the Editorial and Methods Department, but they must complete the ‘Permission to co-publish’ form (Permission to co-publish an abridged version of a Cochrane Review in a journal) and send this to the CRG’s Managing Editor. If permission is granted, the CRG should forward the completed form to the EMD for their information (contact ceu@cochrane.org and ensure that the subject line of your email clearly states “Co-publication query”). This will help the EMD to track how Cochrane Reviews are being co-published, and this information will help with future revisions of this policy.

List of journals with Cochrane co-publication agreements

The journals listed below have all signed Cochrane co-publication agreements and are either specialty titles or regional titles. This list is maintained by Wiley; for queries, please contact Tony Aburrow, Associate Editor, Wiley (taburrow@wiley.com).

  1. Advances in Psychiatry Treatment
  2. American Academy of Dermatology
  3. American Journal of Gastroenterology
  4. American Journal of Hypertension
  5. Anesthesia and Analgesia
  6. Archives of Dermatology
  7. Beipress-Healthcom
  8. BJUI
  9. British Journal of Dermatology
  10. British Journal of Surgery
  11. British Medical Journal
  12. BMJ Publishing Group's specialist journals (All)
  13. Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene
  14. Canadian Medical Association Journal
  15. Cancer Treatment Review
  16. Climacteric
  17. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
  18. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
  19. Cochlear Implants International
  20. Colorectal Disease
  21. Diabetic Medicine
  22. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
  23. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  24. Genetics in Medicine
  25. Health Education Journal
  26. Human Reproduction
  27. HNO
  28. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  29. International Journal of Epidemiology
  30. International Journal of Nursing Studies
  31. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  32. JAAD
  33. JAMA
  34. JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis
  35. JNNP
  36. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
  37. Journal of Audiological Medicine
  38. Journal of General Internal Medicine
  39. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
  40. Journal of Human Hypertension
  41. Journal of Laryngology and Otology
  42. Journal of the National Cancer Institute
  43. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
  44. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
  45. Journal of Rheumatology
  46. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
  47. Obstetrics and Gynecology
  48. Pediatric Anesthesia
  49. Respiratory Care
  50. Saudi Medical Journal
  51. South African Medical Journal
  52. Spine
  53. Techniques in Coloproctology
Section info
Bryony Urquhart (burquhart@cochrane.org)
Describe change
Updated forms with EMD details.
Change date
10 October 2018