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- About MECIR
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- Standards for the reporting of plain language summaries of new Reviews of Interventions
The Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (known as the MECIR Standards) are methodological standards to which all Cochrane Protocols, Reviews, and Updates are expected to adhere. The online version includes links to the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions, Cochrane Training and other Cochrane resources to provide additional explanation of how to implement the Standards. The online version is kept up-to-date with amendments listed here.
The MECIR Standards are divided into four sections:
- Standards for the conduct of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews (C1-C75)
- Standards for reporting of protocols of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews (PR1-PR44)
- Standards for reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews (R1-R109)
- Standards for planning, conducting and reporting of updates of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (U1-U11, UR1-UR7)
These expectations are intended for both internal and external audiences. They provide authors and users of the Cochrane Library with clear and transparent expectations of review conduct and reporting.
The MECIR Standards have been integrated into the following Cochrane systems:
- The RevMan guidance panel
- Editorial checklists
- The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
The MECIR Standards have been translated into the following languages:
- Introducing new MECIR Standards for trainers (introductory videos via Cochrane Training)
- Version and changes to MECIR - details on changes and new developments to the MECIR Standards since 2016
- Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
- Cochrane Interactive Learning e-learning modules: Conducting an Intervention Review
Plain language summaries fulfil an important function in Cochrane Reviews. Aimed at a broad readership they convey the review question and the findings in terms that are accessible to consumers and non-expert readers. The standards were developed by a Committee led by the Consumer Coordinator. They were finalized based on comments received from a consultation process that involved stakeholders who were internal and external to Cochrane.