Karla Soares-Weiser - Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library
Karla is responsible for ensuring that the Cochrane Library meets its strategic goals: that the quality is of high quality and relevant to the needs of stakeholders. She also has responsibility for working with Cochrane’s publishers and others to ensure that the presentation and delivery of Cochrane content is optimal – and that it is accessible to and actionable by decision makers. Finally, she shares responsibility for ensuring that product is sustainable, and that Cochrane develops its methods appropriately, and that review authors, editorial teams and the methods community are all supported in helping to deliver high quality, high impact products and services.
Toby Lasserson - Deputy Editor in Chief
Toby works closely with the Editor in Chief to deliver the objectives and targets of the Cochrane’s Editorial and Methods Department. Toby supports the Editor in Chief by leading our global review production operations and helps to implement our goal of offering high-quality, relevant, up-to-date systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence that informs health decision-making around the world. Toby also supports the strategic and editorial development of the Cochrane Library according to user needs, and ensures the Library remains a premier international source of healthcare evidence. Toby works closely with and supports the Cochrane Review Groups Networks.
Nazia Afzal - Personal Assistant to the Editor in Chief
Nazia provides administrative, organisational, and logistical service to the Editor in Chief and Editorial and Methods Department (EMD) leadership team, helping them to manage and prioritise their time and to support the strategic aims and operational activities of the department.
Ruth Foxlee - Senior Programme Manager
Ruth works to ensure co-ordination of projects and work programmes across all the EMD teams and play an active leadership role in several key projects. She co-ordinates operations generally within the department, including joint working between EMD teams and other CET departments. She also line manages the UK-based members of Cochrane’s Research Integrity.
John Hilton - Senior Editor, Publishing Operations
John oversees publishing operations for the Cochrane Library, including the management and publication of Editorials, Comments, Special Collections and other content, and contributing to the development and implementation of new features and editorial policies, in collaboration with the Cochrane Library product team and Cochrane’s publishers. John also oversees the strategic development of Cochrane’s copy-editing service and related Cochrane Style Manual.
Rachel Marshall - Editorial Lead
Rachel leads editorial projects in the Editorial and Methods Department, including the pilot project on editorial integrity and efficiency. Rachel provides editorial input and oversight to Cochrane’s Editorial Management System, and is responsible for the management of Cochrane’s editorial policies. Rachel oversees the Cochrane Central Editorial Service.
Network Senior Editors:
Lisa Bero, Robert Boyle, Michael Brown, Cindy Farquhar, Nicole Skoetz and Peter Tugwell
The Senior Editors work with the eight Cochrane Networks to help overcome the challenges that Cochrane faces in review production, thereby ensuring high quality reviews that are produced through timely editorial publication processes and guided by a prioritisation of topics of interest to stakeholders. Each Senior Editor is responsible for implementing the Network Strategic plan, with a particular emphasis on supporting review production and capacity, evaluating Network scope and prioritisation of topics, fostering collaboration within the Network and with the wider Cochrane community, supporting knowledge translation to increase the impact of Cochrane reviews, and ensuring accountability and sustainability of the Network.
- Lisa Bero: Public Health and Health Systems Network
- Robert Boyle: Children and Families Network
- Michael Brown: Acute and Emergency Care Network
- Robert Boyle: Mental Health and Neuroscience Network
- Cindy Farquhar: Abdomen and Endocrine Network
- Michael Brown: Circulation and Breathing Network
- Nicole Skoetz: Cancer Network
- Peter Tugwell: Musculoskeletal, Oral, Skin and Sensory Network
Network Associate Editors:
Liz Bickerdike, Nuala Livingstone, Jennifer Hilgart and Rachel Richardson
The Associate Editors work with the eight Cochrane Senior Editors to develop and support processes for quality assuring Cochrane Reviews, with a particular emphasis of put processes and activities in place to ensure the development of high quality reviews in a timely manner, consistent and improved editorial processes, and to identify capacity-building needs and opportunities to accomplish those tasks. They also help the Senior Editors to support prioritisation activities, and integrate knowledge translation and dissemination activities and ensuring access in appropriate formats for key stakeholders.
- Liz Bickerdike: Acute and Emergency Care Network; Children and Families Network
- Nuala Livingstone: Mental Health and Neuroscience Network; Cancer Network
- Rachel Richardson: Abdomen and Endocrine Network; Circulation and Breathing Network
- Jennifer Hilgart: Musculoskeletal, Oral, Skin and Sensory Network; Public Health and Health Systems Network
Cochrane Clinical Answers
Sera Tort - Clinical Editor
Sera leads the Cochrane team preparing Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs). Sera is involved in all the stages of CCA production and publication, communication with associate editors and clinical advisors, and promotion of CCAs in webinars and workshops. Sera also works with the Cochrane Library development team to monitor CCA implementation on the library.
Jane Burch - Editor
Jane assists the Cochrane team preparing Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs). Jane is involved in all the stages of CCA production and publication, communication with associate editors and clinical advisors, and promotion of CCAs in webinars and workshops.
Helen Wakeford - Executive Editor, Cochrane Central Editorial Service
Helen leads the Central Editorial Service and oversees the submission, editorial process and publication of reviews. Workstreams of the Central Editorial Service include the COVID-19 portfolio, the Fast-Track and supporting the pilot project on editorial integrity and efficiency.
Anne-Marie Stephani, Joey Kwong, Colleen Ovelman, and Lara Kahale - Managing Editors, Cochrane Central Editorial Service
Anne-Marie, Joey, Colleen, and Lara manage the editorial process for reviews in the Central Editorial Service, through quality assessment, management of the peer review process, and the editing and publication of reviews.
Robin Featherstone - Information Specialist
Robin has a key role in the development of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and the Cochrane Library search features, including PICO Search. She also works on the Centralised Search Service and the Cochrane Register of Studies. She provides information retrieval advice and services to the Central Executive Team (CET) and is a member of Cochrane’s Central Editorial Service Team.
Leticia Rodrigues and Lisa Wydrzynski- Editorial Assistants
Reporting to the Editorial Lead, Leticia and Lisa work with a number of stakeholders including the Central Editorial Service team, editors from Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) and CRG Networks, copy-editors, authors and peer reviewers to ensure the smooth running of the Central Editorial Service.
Christine Schorfheide - Assistant Editor
Christine supports the development of editorial and publishing policy, the publishing strategy for Cochrane content, and daily publishing operations.
Graham Smith - Project Manager
Graham supports the Cochrane Library Product Manager on the implementation of the Cochrane Library product development roadmap. He is responsible for providing project management services to the highest priority EMD projects by developing an agreed framework for management and reporting, and supporting colleagues to manage their projects efficiently and transparently.
Kerry Dwan - Methods Support Unit Lead and Statistical Editor
Kerry leads the Methods Support Unit (MSU). The MSU provides methodological and statistical advice on Cochrane protocols, reviews and updates. She also delivers training on common statistical errors and works with the Statistical Methods Group on developing guidance relating to the implementation of statistical methods in Cochrane Reviews.
Ella Flemyng - Methods Implementation Manager
Ella provides strategic support to facilitate methods activities and infrastructural support to the Cochrane methods community and its representative groups, including the Methods Executive and Scientific Committee. Ella manages methods-related projects that include strategies, policies and processes to advance and implement methodological developments to improve the quality of Cochrane Reviews.
Theresa Moore - Systematic Review Methodology Editor
Theresa provides methodological advice and peer review on reviews and protocols submitted to the Methods Support Unit. She also works on the development of editorial tools in order to assist Cochrane authors and Review Groups.
Andrew Back - Statistical Editor
Andrew provides methodological and statistical advice and peer review on reviews and protocols submitted to the Methods Support Unit. He also works on the development of editorial tools in order to assist Cochrane authors and Review Groups.
Justin Mann - Assistant Editor
Justin supports publishing operations for the Cochrane Library and the development of editorial and publishing policies.
Monaz Mehta - Editor, Knowledge Translation
Monaz manages the development and publication of content related to the dissemination and use of Cochrane articles, including Special Collections, Cochrane Review related content (including Podcasts and Journal Club), and Cochrane Library browse. Monaz works closely with the Knowledge Translation (KT) Department.
Elizabeth Royle - Copy-editing Manager
Elizabeth manages the copy-editing of Cochrane Reviews and Protocols, including managing a team of freelance copy-editors, and ensuring a timely and high-quality copy-editing service for CRGs. Elizabeth also develops the Cochrane Style Manual, provides advice on other copy-editing activities, and takes part in related strategic initiatives.
Denise Mitchell - Senior Copy Editor
Denise copy-edits Cochrane Reviews, including urgent and complex reviews. Denise also supports the Copy-editing Manager in ensuring the smooth running of the copy-editing service.
Lisa Bero - Senior Research Integrity Editor
The Senior Research Integrity Editor provides leadership and guidance on research, policy development and implementation, support, and advocacy related to research integrity.
Stephanie Boughton - Research Integrity Editor
Stephanie’s role is to support and strengthen Cochrane’s commitment to independence, transparency and integrity in healthcare research through advocacy, policy development and implementation, and community outreach. She also has a key role in supporting the implementation of Cochrane's revised Conflict of Interest policy and managing conflict of interest cases.
Maria Gerardi - Project Support Officer
Maria provides project support to the EMD Team and CRG Networks. She also supports Cochrane’s Research Integrity Editors with the management of case referrals and Declaration of Interest (DoI) statement-writing service. Maria provides admin support to Cochrane Managing Editors' Executive and Information Specialists' Executive. Maria is the first point of contact for all EMD enquiries.