Report of The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project at the 21st Cochrane Colloquium in Quebec City

At the 21st Cochrane Colloquium, held in Quebec City 19-23 September, 2013, the Cochrane Empty Reviews Project presented a poster regarding the reporting of ‘Implications for Practice’ in empty reviews and an oral presentation of empty review publishing and reporting policies of Cochrane and other key systematic review producers.

Provided below are the links to the poster and slide presentations:

CochraneColloquiumEmptyImplicationsforPracticePosterFINAL-Quebec

EmptyReviewsQuebecPresentation-FINAL

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Announcing the First Report of The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project

The first report of The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project is now available in published form from PLoS ONE (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0036626).  This article explores the incidence of empty systematic reviews in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (The CDSR) and describes their current characteristics.

Citation:  Yaffe J, Montgomery P, Hopewell S, Shepard LD (2012) Empty Reviews: A Description and Consideration of Cochrane Systematic Reviews with No Included Studies. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36626, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036626

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Report of the Cochrane Empty Reviews Project Meeting at the 19th Cochrane Colloquium in Madrid, Spain

On Wednesday, 19 October 2011, The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project held a meeting at the 19th Cochrane Colloquium in Madrid, Spain to discuss their findings regarding the reporting of empty reviews in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, review the key proceedings of a consensus meeting held in June 2011, discuss suggestions generated by the consensus group, and invite feedback.

Provided below is the link to the meeting presentation that informed the discussion:

The meeting convenors are in the process of drafting a formal report of the meeting proceedings and their recommendations to the Cochrane Collaboration, to be posted at a future date.

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Announcing the Cochrane Empty Reviews Project Meeting at the 19th Cochrane Colloquium

On Wednesday, 19 October 2011, The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project is holding a meeting at the 19th Cochrane Colloquium in Madrid, Spain from 18:00-19:30 to report the project findings and consensus group feedback.  We invite all interested Cochrane Collaboration contributors to participate.  The meeting room will be listed in the Colloquium program in the coming months. 

This meeting will address ways in which empty reviews are reported in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, report the key proceedings of a consensus meeting held in June 2011, discuss the suggested guidance generated by the consensus group, and invite feedback.

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Report of The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project Consensus Meeting:

On Thursday, 16 June 2011, The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project convened a meeting of Cochrane Collaboration contributors to consider ways in which empty reviews are reported in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and to develop guidance for their reporting.

The meeting convenors are in the process of drafting a formal report of the meeting proceedings to be posted at a future date. In the meantime, provided below are links to some of the meeting presentations providing background to empty reviews. The content of the final presentation link also notes in red some of the meeting discussion regarding potential guidance. Please click on the links to view or download the following documents:

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Announcing the Cochrane Empty Reviews Project Consensus Meeting:

On Thursday, 16 June 2011, The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project is convening a meeting of Cochrane Collaboration contributors to consider ways in which empty reviews are reported in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  The format and agenda of the consensus meeting will follow that suggested by Moher et al. (2010) and used in the development of the CONSORT Statement.  The ultimate objective of The Cochrane Empty Reviews Project Consensus Meeting will be to produce either general guidance or specific guidelines for the reporting of empty reviews.

Provided below are some of the pre-meeting materials intended to inform the foundational discussion. Please click on the links to view or download the listed documents:

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Project Summary:

The Empty Reviews Project is funded by the Cochrane Opportunities Fund to develop reporting guidelines for empty reviews, or systematic reviews that report no studies eligible for inclusion.

Having examined the background literature and the current reporting practices of all empty reviews within The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the project investigators are preparing provisional guidelines for formal discussion at a consensus meeting to be held in June 2011.

The project findings and final recommendations for reporting guidelines will be presented at the 2011 Cochrane Colloquium in Madrid, Spain.

For further information regarding the Cochrane Empty Reviews Project, please view the attached from the 2010 Cochrane Colloquium in Keystone, Colorado (KeystoneOralPresentation19Oct2010) or contact the project investigators via email (cochrane.empty.reviews@gmail.com).

Paul Montgomery, DPhil, University of Oxford, PI

Sally Hopewell, DPhil, UK Cochrane Centre, Co-PI

Joanne Yaffe, PhD, University of Utah, Co-PI

Lindsay Shepard, MSc, University of Utah, Research Associate

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