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Cochrane's Introduction to Conducting Systematic Reviews

Part of the Cochrane Interactive Learning course on Conducting an Intervention Review, this module introduces you to what systematic reviews are and why they are useful. This module describes the various types and preferred format of review questions, and outlines the process of conducting systematic reviews.

Requires a free Cochrane account. Sign up here. 

What you can expect to learn (learning outcomes)

This module will teach you to:

  • Recognize features of systematic reviews as a research design
  • Recognize the importance of using rigorous methods to conduct a systematic review
  • Identify the types of review questions
  • Identify the elements of a well-defined review question
  • Understand the steps in a systematic review

Access Module 1 here.

Sambunjak D, Cumpston M, Watts C. Module 1: Introduction to conducting systematic reviews. In: Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an intervention review. Cochrane, 2017. Available from

Why should I get an ORCID?

  • It is required by over 100 journals. You can find a list of journals that require authors have an ORCiD here. Some of these journals include:
    • SAGE Publications
    • PLOS
    • Frontiers
    • Wiley
    • Springer Nature
    • BMJ Journals
  • An ORCID iD reliably connects you with your works, awards, and affiliations
  • ORCID alleviates mistaken identity. 
  • You own and control your record, managing what information is connected and how it is shared.
  • ORCID improves recognition for you and your research. 
  • ORCID increases discoverability of your research outputs

Register for FREE here!

All you need is your First Name, Last Name, and the Primary Email you want to sign up with. You can add more than one email.

Some of this list was adapted from Meadows, A. (2017). Ten reasons to get—And use—An ORCID iD! Elsevier Connect. Retrieved March 24, 2023, from!