Cochrane Style Manual

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  1. How to cite Stata or R

    It would be very helpful if examples of how to cite both statistical software programs "Stata" and "R" could be included in the style manual. They are occasionally cited in reviews and are frequently difficult for authors to cite correctly.

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    • Guidance on Reference ID or study ID for all reference types

      From discussion with Clare Dooley: "Some reference types give examples of the Reference ID or Study ID that should be used (e.g. personal communication, study listed in a trial register) – could these examples be extended to ALL reference types? For instance, it would be really helpful for publications on the internet where there is often confusion between the date accessed and the date a report was published (i.e. which year is entered as the ref ID?) Or there’s confusion when entering the Ref ID for GRADEpro GDT – is it the date of publication (GRADEpro GDT 2014) or the…

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      • Referencing preprints

        It may be useful to have guidance on citing preprints. Citing Medicine has recently been updated with guidance on this.

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7264/#ch14.secCIE

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        • References with groups or organisations as authors

          What is guidance for when a reference is authored or co-authored by a group or organisation, or 'on behalf of' a group or organisation?

          Specific example noted by Tracey Remmington
          In https://community.cochrane.org/style-manual/references/reference-types/cochrane-publications
          Chapter 6 is listed as an example (Chapter of a Cochrane Handbook - Chapter of the Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews of Interventions with authors: online version):  it simply says for authors: “Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanville J”
           
          Whereas in the Handbook the authors are listed as: “ Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanville J on behalf of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group”.
           
          So, for this,  and all…

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          • How to cite supplementary materials

            Recent discussion with Information Specialists indicates a need to include guidance on how to cite supplementary materials. Supplementary materials can be extra material from the article (so would have the same authors, date, and underlying source, but would be designated as supplementary material) or they can be accompanying/linked materials (so may have different authors, title, date, etc).

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            • How to cite Covidence

              Covidence is starting to be referenced in Cochrane Reviews, and it would be helpful to include an example of how it should be cited in the Style Manual.

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              • How to enter non-English references in RevMan

                References added to RevMan are nearly always entered in English, and it can be challenging to enter non-English references, especially for people who speak only English. It's additionally difficult for references using non-Roman alphabets. Consider providing a set of examples to expand current advice (https://community.cochrane.org/style-manual/references/reference-types/journal-articles#not-english)

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                • How to cite a registered title

                  How should a registered title be cited in a Cochrane Review?

                  We could use a format like this:
                  Gendron L. Active mind body movement therapies as an adjunct to or in comparison to pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD. Cochrane registered title. www.cochrane.org/title/active-mind-body-movement-therapies-adjunct-or-comparison-pulmonary-rehabilitation-copd (accessed DATE).

                  But that's just the contact author not full authors, and would it make more sense for the Group to be the 'author' at this stage, as they 'hold' the title until it becomes the authors' work?

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                  • Citing conference proceedings in particular formats

                    Consider adding specific guidance on how to cite conference posters or other particular types of conference outputs.

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                    • How to cite GRADE Handbook

                      Need guidance on how to cite the GRADE Handbook. Some are treating it as a web reference. Ot it could be treated like the Cochrane Handbook. For example: Schünemann 2013; Schünemann H, Brożek J, Guyatt G, Oxman A (editors). The GRADE Working Group. GRADE Handbook for Grading Quality of Evidence and Strength of Recommendations. Available from gdt.guidelinedevelopment.org/app/handbook/handbook.html Updated October 2013.

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