Cochrane Style Manual

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  1. Clarification needed on use of "mid" as a prefix

    Please add "mid" to the list of prefixes and clarify its presentation. (The example I am working with is "mid-urethral" or "midurethral") .

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    • Straight quotes or smart quotes?

      When typing into Revman, single and double quotation marks appear as 'straight quotes' but when text has been imported from Word they sometimes appear as 'smart quotes'. Please clarify whether these should be changed to straight quotes.

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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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        • Expand section on use of upper-case letters

          Current guidance is limited. Consider expanding with further clarification, examples, and links to other relevant sections. Please use comments here to add particular suggestions for this.

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          • Clauses introduced by 'that' and 'which'

            Clauses that could start with 'which' or 'that' must use 'which' if they are nonrestrictive clauses (i.e. separated by commas) (e.g. "the studies, which took place in France, were crossover trials"). Restrictive clauses can be introduced by that or which: "the studies that took place in France were crossover trials", "the studies which took place in France were crossover trials". Some commentators advocate only using 'that' for restrictive clauses, to avoid confusion. Others note that the usage of which is too common to justify always changing, and that the appropriate use of commas is the key to clarity. Should the…

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