Cochrane Style Manual

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  1. Clarification needed re the use of a lower-case letter after a colon

    The CSM recommends using a lower-case letter after a colon unless the following word is a proper noun, but in the CSM Basics we can see many colons followed by upper-case letters. Is that an inconsistency or a further explanation is missing?

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    • Guidance on the use of sex vs gender

      Guidance would be appreciated on the use of the terms "sex" and "gender". The Cochrane Equity group is likely to be of help defining these terms.

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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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          • Guidance on usage of 'Indigenous' and on names for specific Indigenous populations

            It would be useful to have guidance on usage and capitalisation of the term 'Indigenous' and the use of specific terms for Indigenous peoples. For reference, two Cochrane Library editorials: http://www.cochranelibrary.com/editorial/10.1002/14651858.ED000104
            http://www.cochranelibrary.com/editorial/10.1002/14651858.ED000103

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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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