Cochrane's Central Editorial Service

Welcome to the homepage of Cochrane’s Central Editorial Service

The Central Editorial Service is based within the Evidence Production and Methods Directorate of Cochrane’s Central Executive Team

There are two routes of submission to the Central Editorial Service:

1. Submission via Cochrane Review Groups

Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) may submit priority protocols/reviews/updates to the Central Editorial Service to be fast-tracked. These should meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for submission:

  • The review must be commissioned (for example by a guideline developer or consumer group) or be a funded review (from a non-commercial source)*.
  • The review meets our quality standards.
  • Reviews should have a prospectively registered protocol. This does not have to be published with Cochrane, as long as it complies with our standards for protocols.

* Non-funded/-commissioned priority titles may be considered under certain circumstances (e.g. capacity issues within a CRG, issues of editorial independence). Please contact us on editorial-service@cochrane.org to discuss further

Priority titles (as defined by CRGs) registered from January 2021 onwards will be eligible for submission to the Central Editorial Service regardless of whether the protocol/review/update is funded or commissioned.

The Central Editorial Service also manages the editorial process for CRGs participating in the Editorial Independence and Efficiency Project (EIEP) pilot. Please see the EIEP page for information about this project.

2. Submission directly to the Central Editorial Service

Author teams can submit reviews that meet the below criteria directly to the Central Editorial Service. Please contact editorial-service@cochrane.org to discuss a prospective submission.

Submissions must:

  •  be commissioned (for example by a guideline developer or consumer group) or be a funded review (from a non-commercial source).
  • meet our quality standards.
  • have a prospectively registered protocol. This does not have to be published with Cochrane, as long as it complies with our standards for protocols.