About the Authors

Erik von Elm

Affiliation Cochrane Switzerland, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP), Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Philippe Ravaud

Affiliation French Cochrane Centre; Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, Centre d'Epidémiologie Clinique; Université Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France; INSERM U738, Paris, France

Harriet MacLehose

Affiliation Cochrane Editorial Unit, London, United Kingdom

Lawrence Mbuagbaw

Affiliations Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Centre for Development of Best Practices in Health, Yaoundé Central Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Paul Garner

Affiliation Department of Clinical Sciences, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Juliane Ried

Affiliation The Cochrane Collaboration, Oxford, United Kingdom

Xavier Bonfill


Affiliation Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, Institute of Biomedical Research (IIB Sant Pau), CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Competing Interests

All authors are members of The Cochrane Collaboration. XB has been engaged in the project design and the promotion of La Biblioteca Cochrane Plus since its launch in 1998. PR is director of the French Cochrane Center that received funds from the French Ministry of Health and various Canadian partners for their translation programme. HM and JR are employees of The Cochrane Collaboration. LM coordinates the translation activities at the Centre for Development of Best Practices in Health, Yaoundé, Cameroon. PG has participated in the development of the Cochrane Collaboration over the last 20 years. PS is the Director of a Research Programme Consortium that is focused on evidence building, Cochrane reviews, and ensuring these reviews are used widely. PG runs a WHO Collaborating Centre in systematic reviews for informing policies in middle- and low-income countries.

Author Contributions

Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: EVE HM XB. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: EVE PR HM LM PG JR XB. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: EVE PR HM LM PG JR XB. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: EVE PR HM LM PG JR XB.