The Cochrane Work Review Group's Co-ordinating Editor(s) can reject a Cochrane Review at any stage before publication (including unpublished protocols, unpublished Cochrane Reviews, and Cochrane Reviews that are being updated). Authors should note:
- Registration of a new title or drafting of the protocol for a Cochrane Review by a specific author team does not guarantee publication for that team.
- Publication of a protocol does not guarantee authorship or publication of the subsequent review; and publication of a Cochrane Review does not guarantee authorship or publication of an updated version.
- Authors are free to submit elsewhere a Cochrane Review that has been rejected on the condition that no reference is made to the manuscript being a Cochrane Review.
- A CRG has the right to register and publish a Cochrane Review on the same topic as a rejected Cochrane Review with a different author team.
Please read more about the reasons to reject a Cochrane Review in the Cochrane Editorial and Publishing Resource.
Any disagreement with the decision to reject will be considered according to the Cochrane appeals policy and process.