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[Core] Start strong: choosing your review topic and writing your topic proposal

Date and Location

Session: 

W3.15

Date: 

Sunday 22 September 2013 - 15:30 - 17:00
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Teresa Marin
Rachel Couban
Erin Ueffing

Facilitators

Teresa Marin
Rachel Couban
Erin Ueffing
Andrea Furlan
Target audience

Target audience

Review authors or those thinking about their first review

Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?

Open

Level of knowledge required

Basic
Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Training
Abstract text

Abstract

Objectives: To give prospective authors tools for registering a title for a Cochrane Review through learning activities to help participants choose a topic and write a successful title proposal. Description: We will spend the first 30 minutes of the workshop discussing how to choose an appropriate topic for title registration. This will include a demonstration of how to search The Cochrane Library for overlapping or related titles/reviews; we will use both pre-identified topics and examples shared by the participants. We will discuss the basic concepts of the intervention review, with a focus on defining the PICO (population, intervention, comparisons, and outcomes). As a group, we will discuss important factors in forming author teams and how to collaborate successfully with co-authors and members of the editorial team. We will work through the Cochrane Back Review Group’s title registration checklist as an example and discuss how to identify and contact the relevant Cochrane Review Group for a given review topic. In the last 40 minutes of the workshop, participants will work in teams on a draft title proposal (using either sample topics we provide or their own ideas).