There are many ways you can contribute to Cochrane and the UGPD group.
How to register your interest in becoming involved
- Decide on the role that suits your skills (review author, handsearcher, translator, etc.)
- Choose the Cochrane group (i.e., health care area) you wish to work with. Browse the lists of Cochrane Review Groups, Methods Groups, Fields, and the Consumer Network. The reviews and protocols produced by Review Groups will indicate the scope of their work.
- Contact the group. If possible, please complete the contact form. Briefly state your background and the way you wish to become involved.
- If you can't decide which is the most suitable group, contact your nearest Cochrane Centre. Explain your interest and background. Their staff will help you decide which is the most suitable Cochrane group to work with.
Cochrane is beta testing a new way of getting involved, through a service called "Task Exchange", which is similar to a classified ad for reviews, with authors posting requests for help with any aspect of review production. Please have a look at http://taskexchange.cochrane.org/ for details of potential opportunities, or if you are an existing Cochrane author, to post your opportunity!
Volunteer opportunity - EMBASE screening
Become an EMBASE screener - Cochrane’s innovative EMBASE project is now open for all budding volunteers! The EMBASE project provides an opportunity for new and potential contributors to get involved with Cochrane work by diving into a task that needs doing. No prior experience is necessary as the task supports a ‘learn as you do’ approach. The project's purpose is to identify reports of RCTs and quasi-RCTs from EMBASE for publication in CENTRAL. A web-based screening tool has been developed so that anyone, with access to the internet, can join the collective effort to screen the search results for relevance within CENTRAL. A quality-control system has been developed so that all records will be viewed by at least two screeners. Records viewed by new screeners will need three consecutive agreements on the record’s relevance for it to then be either published in CENTRAL or ‘rejected’. Disagreements will be arbitrated by highly experienced screeners. This task has been designed so that it fits around people’s busy lives and they can dip in and out as suits them. By the end of 2014, over 800 volunteers had signed up and collectively screened more than 100,000 records identifying over 3,500 RCTs.
Interested? Then simply:
1. Click on this link which will take you the screening tool: http://screening.metaxis.com/EMBASE
2. You’ll then need to create an account (which will take about a minute to do)
3. Start screening – 20 practice records first, which you can as many times as you like, and then onto ‘live’ records
If you have any questions, queries or suggestions the project team would love to hear from you:firstname.lastname@example.org