MECIR Manual

Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews

Version July 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
3Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK
4 Oxford, UK

These MECIR standards present a guide to the conduct and reporting of Cochrane Intervention Reviews.  Each set of standards include links to Cochrane Training resources; the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (the Handbook) and other resources will be added as they are developed.

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Section info
Describe change
05/04/2019 - Change made to Jackie Chandler's annotation
07/08/2019 - Version 1.07 to Version July 2019
Change date
7 August 2019