Publish a review

Completing and submitting the review is the third step in the publication process. A review should:

  • Build on the published version of the protocol
  • Outline the results of the literature search
  • Detail the methodological quality of the included studies
  • Perform meta-analysis on sensitivity and specificity parameters
  • Discuss the implications of the research and results
  • State conclusions of the review - for clinicians and researchers.

If they have not yet done so, new authors may now find it helpful to attend a training workshop that focuses on analysis and review completion. 

The team may also find it helpful to review again the materials forwarded by the CBN Managing Editor, available in our Links section.

These materials include:

For the most comprehensive information on publishing Cochrane DTA reviews, please visit the Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group website.

Remember that your review must be submitted to CBN Managing Editor in RevMan. Check the Review Manager page to make sure you have the most current version, and, if you have not used RevMan lately, you may find it helpful to spend some time re-familiarizing yourself with it before starting. Please do not hesitate to contact CBN Managing Editor if you are still experiencing problems.

The CBN Review Process

Please refer to the DTA Editorial Process and flowchart.

CBN has an agreement with Spine to facilitate the co-publication of approved CBN systematic reviews. Authors who are interested in pursuing this opportunity are encouraged to contact the Managing Editor for further information.

Once the review has been approved, it may be referred to as a Cochrane Review. The review team has two years to submit an updated review. Reviews are considered to be updated if the literature search has been updated, even if no new studies have been identified.

Authors who fail to update a review within two years will no longer receive a free copy of the Cochrane Library. In addition, the review may be withdrawn from the Cochrane Library, or the title may be re-assigned to a new team of authors.