Systematic Reviews: Communication

This guide provides information and resources which may be helpful when undertaking a systematic review or other type of knowledge synthesis.


Have a plan in place for team communication. A 2009 survey identified time and communication between coauthors as the primary barrier to completing Cochrane reviews.1 "It is important to establish effective communication strategies at the onset of the project... This helps prepare for the challenges that having review authors in different time zones, distant locations and even different languages, brings."2

References & Recommended Reading

1.          Gillies D, Maxwell H, New K, et al. A collaboration-wide survey of Cochrane authors. URL accessed on April 19, 2021. 2009;5(12):2014.

2.          Baker PRA, Francis DP, Hall BJ, Doyle J, Armstrong R. Managing the production of a Cochrane systematic review. Journal of public health (Oxford, England). 2010;32(3):448-450.