Our publications


Cochrane 20th Anniversary publication.

Lefebvre C, Glanville J, Wieland LS, Coles B, Weightman AL. Methodological developments in searching for studies for systematic reviews:  past, present and future? Systematic Reviews 2013; 2: 78

The Cochrane Handbook.

Cochrane policy and practice recommendations with respect to study identification are available in the ‘Searching for studies’ chapter of The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.  The chapter is authored by and on behalf of members of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group.

Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanvill J.  Chapter 6: Searching for Studies.  In: Higgins JPT & Green S (editors).  Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions:  Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from http://handbook-5-1.cochrane.org/

Cochrane  Method's Groups Newsletter

Reports of the work of the Group, by Carol Lefebvre, Steve Pritchard and Alison Weightman, were published in the Cochrane Methods Groups' Newsletters in June 2004 and 2005; by Carol Lefebvre, Alison Weightman, Jessie McGowan and Bernadette Coles in June 2006, 2007 and 2009; and in 'Cochrane Methods' by Julie Glanville, Carol Lefebvre, Jessie McGowan, Alison Weightman and Bernadette Coles in 2010 -2018.

Key Publications by group members.


Isojarvi J, Wood H, Lefebvre C, Glanville J. Challenges of identifying unpublished data from clinical trials: getting the best out of clinical trials registers and other novel sources. Res Synth Methods. 2018; doi:10.1002/jrsm.1294

Wood H, O’Connor A, Sargeant J, Glanville J. Information retrieval for systematic reviews in food and feed topics: a narrative review. Res Syn Meth. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1002/jrsm.1289 


Arber M, Garcia S, Veale T, Edwards M, Shaw A, Glanville JM. Performance of Ovid MEDLINE search filters to identify health state utility studies. Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2017 Oct 25:1-9. doi: 10.1017/S0266462317000897

Lefebvre C, Glanville J, Beale S, Boachie C, Duffy S, Fraser C, et al. Assessing the performance of methodological search filters to improve the efficiency of evidence information retrieval: five literature reviews and a qualitative study. Health Technol Assess 2017;21(69).

Briscoe S, Cooper C, Glanville J, Lefebvre C. The loss of the NHS EED and DARE databases and the effect on evidence synthesis and evaluation. Res. Syn. Meth 2017. doi:10.1002/jrsm.12352 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jrsm.1235/abstract

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)Devos YGuajardo IMGlanville J and Waigmann E2017Explanatory note on literature searching conducted in the context of GMO applications for (renewed) market authorisation and annual post-market environmental monitoring reports on GMOs authorised in the EU marketEFSA supporting publications 2017:14(4): EN-1207. 48 pp. doi: 10.2903/sp.efsa.2017.EN-1207

Wood H, Arber M, Glanville JM. Systematic reviews of economic evaluations: how extensive are their searches? International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2017; 1-7. doi:10.1017/S0266462316000660


Garner P, Hopewell S, Chandler J, MacLehose H, Schünemann HJ, Akl EA et al (incl. Lefebvre C); Panel for updating guidance for systematic reviews (PUGs).. When and how to update systematic reviews: consensus and checklist. BMJ. 2016 Jul 20;354:i3507. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i3507. PubMed PMID: 27443385; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4955793.

Glanville J.  Overview: keeping up to date with methods research. Cochrane Methods. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016;10 (suppl 1). dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD201601

Glanville J, Eyers J, Jones AM, Shemilt I, Wang G, Johansen M et al. Identifying quasi-experimental (QE) studies to inform systematic reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2017, doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.02.018


Marshall C, Glanville J.  Software tools to support systematic reviews.  Cochrane Methods. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016;10 (suppl 1). dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD201601


Marshall C, Glanville J, McCool R.  The systematic review toolbox: finding software to support the systematic review process. Journal of EAHIL.  2016;12(3):58-59.


McGowan J, Sampson M, Salzwedel D, Cogo E, Foerster V, Lefebvre C. PRESS – Peer Review Electronic Search Strategies: 2015 Guideline Explanation and Elaboration (PRESS E&E). Ottawa: CADTH; 2016 Jan.


McGowan J, Sampson M, Salzwedel D, Cogo E, Foerster V, Lefebvre C. PRESS: Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies 2015 Guideline Statement. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.  2016;75:40-6. PMID: 27005575



Golder S, Loke YK, Zorzela L.  Comparison of search strategies in systematic reviews of adverse effects to other systematic reviews

Health Information and Libraries Journal 2014; 2 (31): 92-105