Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource
Derivative products

Derivative products are defined as new products developed jointly by Cochrane (via its "Innovations" Trading Company) and the Publisher (John Wiley & Sons Ltd) that are based upon or include material from the Cochrane Library or related content and have been developed or modified in such a way as to generate new intellectual property.

Cochrane and Wiley will evaluate proposals for derivative publications including journals and spin-off libraries that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Excellent stand-alone product with a robust business plan that generates revenues for the Cochrane entity and overall profit
  • Increases the use and application of the Cochrane Library or related content by one or more stakeholder groups.
  • High-quality product that enhances the brand of the Cochrane Library.
  • Product complements our sales strategy for the Cochrane Library.
  • Sufficient ‘added value’ in terms of content compared with that in the Cochrane Library that it warrants separate publication.

A potential derivative product will only be considered for publication with a recommendation from, and a comprehensive business plan approved by, the Publishing Management Team. The decision whether to proceed with the publication of a derivative product will rest solely with Cochrane.

The contract between Cochrane and Wiley gives Wiley first option to publish derivative products from the Cochrane Library. If Wiley refuses this option Cochrane will be free to use or exploit such proposal with a third party during the term provided that the third party obtains from Wiley a non-exclusive licence. Wiley will, in consultation with the Management Team, apply a commercially reasonable fee for such a licence.

Proposals for derivative products are evaluated carefully by Cochrane Innovations and Wiley using a Stage-Gate approach, and in all instances a detailed business case will be required.

If anyone has an idea for a derivative product, they should contact Lorne Becker, Director of Cochrane Innovations (lornebecker@gmail.com), or Deborah Pentesco-Gilbert, Publisher, The Cochrane Library, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8SQ, UK (Tel +44 (0)1243 770693; Fax +44 (0)1243 770460; E-mail dpentesc@wiley.co.uk).

Cochrane Clinical Answers

Cochrane Clinical Answers (cochraneclinicalanswers.com/) is a point-of-care clinical support tool designed to mimic the way health professionals gather information. The product distils high-quality evidence from Cochrane systematic reviews into practical answers to common clinical questions. New Clinical Answers are continually added to ensure broad coverage across a range of medical topics. Cochrane Clinical Answers are written by a team of Associate Editors, who are all practising clinicians or medical educators.

Cochrane–Wiley Book Series

This is a series of printed and web-based books developed by Cochrane contributors on various aspects of health care and systematic review methodology, published as ‘Cochrane’ titles. The Cochrane–Wiley Book Series thus aims to improve the accessibility and usefulness of Cochrane output to specific audiences.

This series is currently under review. However if you would like to discuss a book proposal please contact either David Tovey, Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library (dtovey@cochrane.org) or Deborah Pentesco-Gilbert, Publisher, Cochrane Library (dpentesc@wiley.com). Proposals should also have been discussed in advance with any relevant Cochrane Review Groups.

Journals: Evidence-Based Child Health (EBCH); and Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine (JEBM)

Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal is published bi-monthly, and is edited by the paediatric leadership within the Cochrane Child Health Field. The aim of the journal is to allow readers to inform their clinical decision-making and policy development with the highest quality research evidence available. The journal includes excerpts, overviews of reviews, and commentaries on Cochrane Reviews.

The Journal of Evidence Based Medicine publishes reports of systematic reviews and randomized trials as well as articles on methods for the evaluation of health care and the use of evidence in decision-making. The journal also publishes essays about topics and people. The journal aims to be of relevance and interest to people inside and outside of China, and to guide decisions and practices in healthcare.