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What the new IMS means to Trial Search Co-ordinators (TSCs)

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In 2005, the Cochrane Collaboration will gradually introduce a new Information Management System (IMS). The main purpose of the new IMS is to support more efficient preparation, maintenance and publication of high quality Cochrane reviews.

The new IMS will integrate the software programs currently used by Review Groups (RevMan, ModMan) into one streamlined Internet-based system. Using a standard Internet browser, accurate and up-to-date resources such as contact details, protocols, reviews, studies, review group topic lists, and other information will be easily accessible to all Cochrane entities (with the appropriate access rights).

Additional advantages of the new IMS will include the avoidance of duplication of data; centralised back-up and archiving of reviews and other documents; a check-in/check-out system that ensures that authors, editors, and CRG staff are always working with the latest version of a RevMan file; the ability to track reviews during their preparation and maintenance; and the automation of some administrative and editorial tasks.

Benefits for Trial Search Co-ordinators

  • Easy access to up-to-date contact details

    By browsing under or searching for People in the new IMS, you will have access to up-to-date contact details for reviewers, other TSCs and other people within the Collaboration. Contact information accessed from the new IMS, whether for one person or a group of people, can then be easily exported in a format suited to your purpose.

  • Online editing of the text of the Collaborative Review Groups (CRG) module

    With the appropriate access rights, you will be able to easily edit the relevant sections of the Groups module, such as the Specialised Register and Methods used in Reviews.

  • Easy access to the latest versions of protocols and reviews

    You will be able to use (again with the appropriate access) the check-in/check-out system for access to protocols and reviews. Using this facility, the editing and reviewing of protocols and reviews in such areas as the Search strategy for the Identification of Studies and References can be easily done.

  • Easier involvement in the updating of reviews

    To facilitate the process of updating reviews, you will be able to add newly identified studies to the review section 'Awaiting Assessment' or Classification Pending. These additional studies will then be available to the author the next time the review is accessed. You will also have access to reports on when updates are due (or you could be included in automatic alerts to review authors) to help manage your workload.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the plans for the IMS, an introduction paper is available from

Created by Jacob
Last modified 16:43, 17 January 2005
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