We welcome anyone who would like to get involved with the work of Cochrane ENT. As a first step, please follow the Join Cochrane link above. Cochrane now offers many opportunities to get involved, learn, contribute and build a portfolio that will help you build your skills and experience, and this will fed back to us at Cochrane ENT.
Cochrane reviews are large and complex projects. They require a team that includes an experienced systematic reviewer (preferably of Cochrane Reviews), a methodologist or statistician and a senior clinician. Please read: 'Managing expectations: what does The Cochrane Collaboration expect of authors, and what can authors expect of The Cochrane Collaboration'.
If you and your team are interested in taking on a Cochrane Review project with Cochrane ENT please first check out our Scope, our Priorities and our existing Review projects. Think carefully about the unanswered questions in ENT, the issues that matter to patients, your specific objectives and whether a Cochrane Review is the best way to answer your question. It often helps to put your question in the form of a ‘PICO’ (Participants, Intervention(s), Comparison(s) and Outcomes) when you initially get in touch with us.
Cochrane ENT reviews are, for the most part, reviews of healthcare interventions and they are restricted to the inclusion of randomised controlled trial (RCT) and quasi-randomised controlled trial evidence. In general, we will prioritise for registration review topics where there are likely to be several existing RCTs available to review, or known ‘ongoing’ RCTs nearing completion. If we anticipate that the topic will result in an ‘empty’ review (i.e. a review that does not identify any eligible studies to include), we will deem it a low priority for our support (empty review policy). We only take on diagnostic test accuracy reviews and reviews of non-randomised evidence in exceptional cases.
If you are a trainee working towards an academic career in ENT, you may like to think of systematic reviewing as a key part of this. If you do, getting involved with Cochrane and the work of Cochrane ENT would be a great start. If you are interested, firstly 'Join Cochrane' and make a start by learning and contributing to the global effort that is Cochrane.
"But ...", I hear you say, "I am interested in ENT and I want to write a review". We do have, from time to time, opportunities to get involved as a junior systematic reviewer. We would add your name to a list of other colleagues who want to get involved in this way. When one of these opportunities arise, we would get in touch to ask whether you and others would like to get involved with the review project. We would ask for certain commitments from you and also to know what activities you have been involved with via Cochrane centrally, including Cochrane Crowd, Task Exchange or translation (see below), as well as what training you have taken part in. Although there would not be a guarantee of authorship (this is determined by the lead author at the end of a review) you would nonetheless learn a lot and your contribution would be acknowledged. This would form part of your Cochrane record and could open up opportunities for greater involvement in the future.
Are you a student?
If you are a student working towards an academic career in ENT, Cochrane offers many opportunities to get involved and learn. Please 'Join Cochrane' to find out more.
You may also be interested in Students for Best Evidence, which is a great resource for students or anyone interested in learning more about evidence-based medicine. It also offers opportunities for students to contribute. Please get in touch with Selina Ryan-Vig (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Cochrane UK for further details.
Do you speak a language other than English? Can you help us with occasional translation? When our authors are working on their systematic reviews they frequently identify trials published in languages other than English or another language they speak. As the range of international databases we search on behalf of authors has expanded over the years, the number of non-English language papers encountered has steadily increased. These papers need to be assessed for eligibility for potential inclusion in our reviews and, if they meet the necessary criteria, have data and other information extracted. For this we need a pool of volunteers, with a wide range of languages, whom we can call on from time to time. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in this way.