A collection of key resources that you may find useful as a CIS.
CIS Support Team
CIS Support provides induction training, ongoing training, and support to all Cochrane Information Specialist (CISs) in all aspects of their role within a Cochrane Review Group.
- About the CIS Support Team
- Helpdesk / Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- CIS Support Team Digest - a monthly newsletter full of news and useful tips
Information Specialists Discussion Forums
For more information about these forums, see the Communication section.
Guidance and handbooks
Links throughout to resources of interest to Cochrane Information Specialists (CIS), including the role of a CIS, specialised registers, the Cochrane Register of Studies, handsearching, author support, Archie, RevMan, communications, professional development and key resources.
MECIR (Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews)
CENTRAL creation details - CENTRAL is comprised of records retrieved from PubMed/MEDLINE, Embase, ClinicalTrials.gov, KoreaMed, all Review Groups' Specialized Registers and records identified by handsearching various biomedical sources. This page on the Cochrane Library describes the process.
Training manual for handsearchers - hosted on the Information Retrieval Methods Group site. This was published in 2002, to provide training for those planning on handsearching to identify randomized and quasi-randomized trials. It is still considered to be useful for those learning how to classify journal articles and abstracts to identify studies for inclusion in reviews or for inclusion in CENTRAL.
Archie (central server for managing documents and contacts details)
Tools and software (including PICO annotation, Covidence, EPPI Reviewer, GRADEpro GDT, RevMan)
Tools shared by CISs
RevMan 5 export filter - Graham Chan has made available this EndNote output style for exporting references from EndNote into RevMan.
Template - these documents draw together best practice examples from the CIS community in relation to writing the search methods in Cochrane protocols, reviews, and updates. We have checked these examples against the MECIR reporting standards for reviews, and against the latest version of the Style Manual. The Copy-edit Support Team have checked and approved the text.
Useful reading (articles of interest)
- Slides from the PICO Annotation Introductory Webinars held in February 2017
- Slides from the WHO/ATC Drug Classification Webinar, 30 May 2017
- PICO Annotation vocabulary questions
- PICO vocabulary webinar recording held in November 2017
- PICO tools webinar recording held in July 2018