MECIR Manual

Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews
(MECIR)

Version October 2019

Standards for the conduct and reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews, reporting of protocols and the planning, conduct and reporting of updates

Julian Higgins1, Toby Lasserson2, Jackie Chandler3, David Tovey4, James Thomas5, Ella Flemyng2, Rachel Churchill6

1 Professor of Evidence Synthesis, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
2 Cochrane Editorial and Methods Department, Cochrane, London, UK
3Evaluation Programme Manager, Wessex Academic Health Science Network, Southampton, UK
4 Editor in Chief (2009-2019), Cochrane Library, Editorial and Methods Department
5Professor of Social Research and Policy, University College London, London, UK
6Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK

 

These MECIR Standards present a guide to the conduct and reporting of Cochrane Intervention Reviews.  Each set of Standards includes links to Cochrane Training resources, the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (the Handbook) and other available resources.

This online version will be kept up to date. A PDF of each section can be generated. All substantive changes will be noted here.

  • If available, MECIR Standards link to the most up-to-date version of the Handbook chapters.
  • Where links to external resources are included Cochrane Interactive Learning is referred to as 'CIL'.
  • We welcome your feedback on MECIR, or if you have any general queries related to the MECIR Standards, please contact Cochrane Methods.
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Describe change
05/04/2019 - Change made to Jackie Chandler's annotation
07/08/2019 - Version 1.07 to Version July 2019
25/9/2019: major edits to the text to bring it up to date and in line with the revised 2019 Handbook.
Links to the updated Handbook (v5.2) chapter numbers 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 will download a PDF of the whole chapter - Archie log-in required. Links to all other chapters will take users to individual sections of the online Handbook (v5.1). = deleted

30/09/2019
Version July 2019 -changed to- Version October 2019
Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews
(MECIR)
Version October 2019

Standards for the conduct and reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews, reporting of protocols and the planning, conduct and reporting of updates
Julian Higgins1, Toby Lasserson2, Jackie Chandler4, David Tovey2, Rachel Churchill3
1 Professor of Evidence Synthesis, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
2 Cochrane Editorial Unit, Cochrane, London, UK
3 Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK
4 Oxford, UK
-changed to-
Julian Higgins1, Toby Lasserson2, Jackie Chandler3, David Tovey4, James Thomas5, Ella Flemyng2, Rachel Churchill6
1 Professor of Evidence Synthesis, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
2 Cochrane Editorial and Methods Department, Cochrane, London, UK
3 Evaluation Programme Manager, Wessex Academic Health Science Network, Southampton, UK
4 Editor in Chief (2009-2019), Cochrane Library, Editorial and Methods Department
5 Professor of Social Research and Policy, University College London, London, UK
6 Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK
Change date
30 September 2019