Editorial Process

Title registration

If you intend to perform a systematic review, the first thing to do is to submit a title review proposal to the  editorial base of the Movement Disorders group that will confirm that the review subject is within the group's scope, not overlapping another group's scope, and check that there is no duplication of work, which means that no other reviewer has already registered title on the same topic. If the title is approved and registered, the editorial base will provide you with some documentation and guidelines and you can begin  developing the protocol.

The Movement Disorders Group is only accepting titles from authors that have specific training in conducting Cochrane systematic reviews. Authors should have previously published high quality systematic reviews (Cochrane and/or non-Cochrane) and/or having attending a comprehensive training course on performing Cochrane reviews. We also strongly encourage authors to consult the Cochrane online learning modules .

To start performing your review you will need to consult the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews.

As the protocols and full reviews should be prepared and submitted using the Cochrane software called Review Manager (RevMan), which allows you to enter the full text of your review and perform meta-analysis, you are encouraged to attend one of the workshops frequently organised by the Cochrane. 

It is suggested that the Protocol be submitted within six months after the title registration.

Protocol submission

The protocol is an outline of the review you intend to perform.

The protocol will be assessed by two editors following the methods and standards of Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) . The feedback will be passed by the Managing Editor to the author, who will make the necessary corrections.

Once all appropriate revisions have been made and approved by the referees, the protocol is submitted for publication in the Cochrane Library.

Review submission

The editorial procedure for review submission  follows the same steps as for the protocol submission. 

Reviews should be submitted to the editorial base wherever possible within 12 months of the protocol being accepted.  If the Review is delayed, authors should inform the editorial base of the reasons for the delay. If the Review is not submitted within an appropriate period of time for the complexity of the Review, the editorial base will write to the contact reviewer enquiring as to the difficulties in completion.

Updating Reviews

The authors of a Review are responsible for maintaining the review and update it ideally every two years. If an author cannot maintain a Review, he must inform the editorial base who will try to find another reviewer.