Cochrane Style Manual
Cochrane review: content, structure, and format

The new focused review format uses a slightly different structure from the previous review format. In the focused review format:

  • the main article now includes only the main content of the review, with everything else moved to supplementary materials;
  • in-text citations are now numbers in square brackets;
  • some subheadings are different.

For guidance on the content, structure, and format of all types of Cochrane reviews see:

Section info
Denise Mitchell (
Describe change
Adjusted 'Cochrane Review' to 'Cochrane review'.
Information about focused review format added and links to resources added.
Link to PRISMA 2020 guidance updated
Change date
3 June 2024