Proposing and Registering New Cochrane Gut Titles

Due to capacity issues, we are only accepting a few new title registrations per year.  You are welcome to contact the group if you are interested in authoring a topic of your choice. Please bear in mind that we are only likely to accept clinically important topics that have not already been covered in another review. The final decision to register a new title lies with our editorial team, and even worthy titles may not be selected if resource or priority concerns arise.

The first step in submitting a title for consideration for a Cochrane review is coming up with a worthwhile research question. Ideally, titles should be unique, on a clinically relevant topic and of a reasonable size so that the protocol and review can be completed within a year to 18 months. Also, author teams need to have the appropriate skills, experience, and capacity to complete the protocol, review, and subsequent review updates to Cochrane standards. You may wish to review Cochrane’s guidance on Proposing and registering new Cochrane Reviews before preparing your submission. The author team must also adhere to the Cochrane conflict of interest policy.

Steps to submitting a title for consideration

A- Initial Title Consideration (Before Registration)

1. Devise your title. The preferred format for titles of Cochrane Systematic Reviews is one of (see: Cochrane Handbook Table II.1.a):

·      Basic structure: 
[intervention] FOR [health problem]
e.g., Antibiotics for acute bronchitis

·      Where two active interventions are compared: 
[Intervention A] VERSUS [intervention B] FOR [health problem]
e.g., Immediate versus delayed treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

·      Where the type of people studied, or the location of the intervention is mentioned explicitly: 
[Intervention] FOR [health problem] IN [participant group/location]
e.g., Inhaled nitric oxide for respiratory failure in preterm infants

·      Where it is specified that the intervention is for preventing, treating, or preventing and treating the problem(s) concerned: 
[Intervention] FOR [preventing and/or treating] [health problem] IN [participant group/location]
e.g., Pool fencing for preventing drowning in children / Amodiaquine for preventing malaria.

·      For many prophylactic interventions there is often no specified ‘health problem’: 
[Intervention] IN or FOR [participant group/location]
e.g., Restricted versus liberal water intake in preterm infants / Home-based social support for socially disadvantaged mothers

2. Assess the Risk of Duplication:

  • Search the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to see if an overlapping review has been published or is in production
  • Search PROSPERO (an international register of systematic reviews) to determine whether similar reviews are already underway. You may also wish to conduct an informal scoping search to get a sense of any other recent guidelines, systematic reviews, and relevant trials on the topic of interest
  • If there is real or perceived overlap or risk of duplication, consider how your review will differ meaningfully from that of existing titles

3. Check the Scope of Cochrane Gut and ensure your title falls within our remit and not that of another Cochrane Review Group.

4. Submit the required preliminary information to the editorial office by completing the online Title Consideration Form.

If your title is approved for further consideration, we will ask your team to complete and submit a title registration form.


B- Title Registration

Do not complete a review proposal form until you have completed the steps outlined above (Before Registration). When you receive confirmation from the Managing Editor that the group will formally consider registration, complete the following steps:

  1. Complete a review proposal form: The Managing Editor will provide the correct form for the type of review you propose. The review proposal form requires a brief outline of the topic and details of all authors to be involved and their qualifications. It may be helpful to consider the expertise and resources needed to complete a Cochrane Review (see Become an author) and expectations of authors (see Managing expectations: what does Cochrane expect of authors, and what can authors expect of Cochrane).
  2. Submit the review proposal form directly to the Managing Editor with the email subject line: Cochrane Gut Review Proposal Form – ‘Review Title’

Please note:

  • The completed review proposal form will then be circulated amongst the editors for final approval and recommendations for peer referees. We consider new titles monthly, so there may be a short delay in providing a decision.
  • If any concerns are raised at this stage, regarding the appropriateness of the title or the ability of the author team to complete the review, the title may still be rejected, or we may ask you for additional information.
  • Cochrane’s broader rejection policy, conflict of interest policy, and commercial sponsorship policy will apply throughout the lifecycle of your review. Please review them.
  • If your title is approved for registration, a record will be created in Archie, Cochrane’s Editorial Management System. The contact author will then be sent login details and guidance from Cochrane Gut so that work may begin on the protocol.