News from the IKMD

20 November 2014

RevMan and Archie are being updated. This is as part of our ongoing commitment to improve security. From Wednesday 3 December onwards, if you are not using the latest version of RevMan (5.3.5), you may experience issues connecting to Archie.

Our usage statistics indicate that a significant number of users have not yet updated to the latest version of RevMan (5.3.5). We encourage all users to update their software at the earliest convenience. RevMan 5.3.5 contains an important security update, which you will require in order to securely connect to Archie. If you are using an outdated version of RevMan (prior to 5.3), you risk known bugs harming your review. RevMan 5.3 also includes notable features and functionality improvements, such as seeing MECIR standards within RevMan.

Users can confirm which version of RevMan they are running by checking the ‘About’ section whilst running the software. This can be found under the ‘Help’ menu on Windows systems and under the ‘Review Manager’ menu on Macs.

To download the latest version of RevMan, use the ‘Check for Updates’ option under the ‘Help’ menu. Alternatively, you can go directly to the...

18 November 2014

We’re looking for a Web Application Developer to join our highly experienced team.

Cochrane’s Informatics and Knowledge Management Department (IKMD) is interested in finding someone who works to the job description but recognises opportunities for expanding beyond it within the team. Please see the job description for more information on the position.

The location of the role is flexible, as we have offices based in Copenhagen in Denmark, Freiburg in Germany, and London in the UK; however, we are also willing to consider remote working.

The salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. English is the organisation’s business language, so it is essential that the candidate has a good standard of written and spoken English.

Details on how to apply for this role, and the nature of the role itself, can be found on the Cochrane website.

If you would like to discuss the job please contact Chris Mavergames, Head of IKMD via cmavergames@cochrane.org.

Deadline for applications: 8 December 2014.

17 November 2014

The Informatics and Knowledge Management Department is looking for a User Experience Analyst to join our highly experienced team in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This role will have a focus on software testing and will act as full-time maternity leave cover, starting in early January, for up to 10 months - with two further induction days in mid-December.

We’re interested in finding someone that fits the job description, but would also recognise any opportunities for expanding beyond the role itself - and within the team. The job will be based in Copenhagen, with the salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Danish would be desirable, but not essential. English is the organisaton’s business language.

Please see the job description for more information on the position. If you’re interested in applying for this post, please submit your CV along with a covering letter (in English) outlining how you meet the person specification.

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact our current User Experience Analyst, Olga Ahtirschi (oahtirschi@cochrane.org).

The deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 2 December, with...

5 November 2014

Wondering what to write in your Plain Language Summary? Cochrane's standards on writing Plain Language Summaries are now available in RevMan. Just click anywhere in the Plain Language Summary section and the 12 standards will appear in the Guidance Pane on the right side of the screen. To open the Guidance Pane, click 'Guidance' on the View menu.

For more information on Cochrane's standards for Plain Language Summaries (also known as PLEACS), see http://editorial-unit.cochrane.org/mecir.

5 November 2014

The User Experience Group (UXG) is about finding the best ways to make Cochrane software with a great user experience. The User Experience Group Procedures document outlines in detail how individual user suggestions are reviewed and processed by the UXG.

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The User Experience Group Procedures document clarifies the scope, remit, principles and procedures of the UXG.


Formed in early 2014, the UXG aims to revolutionise technical development within Cochrane. It comprises a single group of Central Executive staff that are able to focus on identifying the most valuable changes to make across all software platforms. We recognise, however, that in order to ensure quality decisions, user engagement, and to minimise risk, the UXG...

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