First check that your idea has not already been covered by looking at our reviews. Once you have found a suitable topic, complete a review proposal form and email it to Emma Jackson. We will then add it to the agenda for discussion at our next available editorial meeting. Review proposals are subject to approval by the editorial board.
Updating a review
A Cochrane Review should ideally be updated when there is new evidence to be included that can change or strengthen the conclusions of a review.
If you want to help update an existing review, firstly try to identify one from our list of reviews. If you want to update your own or an existing Cochrane Airways review, please contact us and we will be able to advise on whether the title is available. If the title is available you will be asked to complete an Update Proposal Form to record any changes that you want to make to the scope or methods of the review to bring it up-to-date. Certain systematic review methods have evolved over time so if a review is more than 3 to 5 years out of date it will need some changes to methods, if only to add a summary of findings table and current assessment of risks of bias. Frequently the clinical question needs some revision – from defining the patient population to adding a new treatment to re-focusing the clinical question to better reflect practice or the concerns of patients or healthcare professionals.
Often reviews are updated by the original review team, but this is not always possible. Increasingly, new teams come on board to update reviews - either in collaboration with the original review team or sometimes on their own. When a new team takes over a review it is often best to agree authorship roles for existing and new authors upfront. We want everyone to feel like their work has been appropriately acknowledged. All authors on a byline must have read, understood and agreed with the results of the review and all authors must be registered on Archie (the Cochrane server), so that they can sign off conflicts of interest and licence for publication forms.