Registering a title

*Please note, we are only accepting priority titles for reviews in the following conditions:

  • autism;
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder;
  • growth and development;
  • child maltreatment; and
  • conduct disorder.

Reviews outside of these conditions may still be considered but only if they are funded or have been identified by a funder as a priority. However, we do not generally accept titles funded by postgraduate studentships (e.g. Masters, PhDs), due to externally-imposed deadlines.

If your proposed title meets these requirements, please see below for information on how to register your title, or contact the group.

The steps to registering your title are as follows: 

  1. Authors interested in submitting a title on a particular topic should, in the first instance, refer to the guidance available on the Cochrane website and the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. The titles of Cochrane reviews must follow a specific format, see here.
  2. Search the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to see if a review on your proposed topic has been completed or is under way. Check PROSPERO – an international prospective register of systematic reviews - to ensure a similar review is not already in progress.
  3. Check our scope to ensure your title falls within the remit of our group. We produce systematics reviews of interventions, and diagnostic test accuracy, and overviews on topics within our scope - developmental, psychosocial and learning problems. 
  4. Ensure you have team in place to help you develop the review. Your team should include people with content expertise, clinical expertise and, ideally, experience in writing a systematic review to ensure it meets the minimum standard as required by Cochrane. In addition, at least one author’s first language must be English. Your team must also possess, or have access to, the statistical skills required to extract, analyse and interpret the data from any included studies. In addition, you must be prepared to adhere to deadlines, as failure to do so may result in your title being deregistered and given to another team.
  5. Check that you and your team members do not have any conflicts of interest that may stop you from conducting a Cochrane Systematic Review (see here for more information).
  6. Contact the editorial office (cdplpg@qub.ac.uk) stating the title that you would like to progress. Also explain how your proposed title differs from, or complements, any existing review.
  7.  If your title is approved in principle, you will be asked to complete a Review Proposal Form (formerly called a Title Registration Form) and to submit it to cdplpg@qub.ac.uk for the attention of Joanne Wilson. You can find the relevant form below:
  8. The Managing Editor will initiate a Title Registration Workflow (see here). All review propsoals are subject to approval. We will consider applications at our 'new titles' meetings, held at quarterly intervals throughout the year (i.e. March, June, September, and December). In special circumstances (e.g. if there is funding attached to the review), we will consider titles outside of these time points. We will accept up to three new titles per meeting and aim to notify all applicants with our decision within a fortnight. If your title is approved, you will received a formal acceptance email and information on how to get started. 
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