Reviews needed

Topical treatments for eczema: a network meta-analysis

We are looking for a team to take on one of our high-priority Cochrane Skin reviews entitled 'Topical treatments for eczema: a network meta-analysis'.

The protocol was published in 2018 (view here) and we are looking for a new team to undertake the review, either alone or in collaboration with the team who wrote the protocol. 

We are looking for a committed team with proven, recent experience of Cochrane review methods, and dedicated time to complete this high-priority review. Potential author teams must plan to adhere to the following deadlines:

31st December 2019commence systematic review.

31st December 2020: submit full review to Cochrane Skin, that adheres to Cochrane standards and can therefore be sent directly for peer review. Please note that a substandard review will be returned to authors by the Cochrane Skin editorial base, so that changes can be made prior to sending out for peer review. The deadline of 31st December 2020 is a deadline for acceptance of the review as meeting the necessary requirements to be sent out for peer review.

30th June 2021: publication of the review in the Cochrane library +/- co-publication of review in a peer-reviewed speciality or general medical journal.

This is a large and complex review and teams may wish to consider limiting the current inclusion criteria - for example by excluding trials of interventions which are no longer used anywhere in the world and /or excluding trials with small numbers of participants.  

The Cochrane Skin editorial base will offer enhanced support for authors undertaking these priority reviews, to help ensure adherence to this timeline. Our experienced team will arrange prompt peer review, including assessment by a complex review methodology specialist if required, and will assist you in ensuring you meet Cochrane methodology and reporting standards. Your completed review will be published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (part of the Cochrane Library), which has an impact factor of 7.755 and is widely accessed and trusted by decision makers. 

If you are able to form a team interested in working on this title, please complete our title registration form here and email it to csg@nottingham.ac.uk.  

If you wish to discuss further before submitting an application we will be happy to arrange a call to discuss the project. If you are an individual interested in working on this review but cannot form a team, please contact us outlining your relevant experience.

Our deadline for receiving applications is Friday 22nd November 2019.  We will notify the successful team by Friday 29th November 2019.


In 2017 we undertook a large-scale prioritisation exercise, in line with central Cochrane methodologies, to determine a small number of priority titles for the next two years. This exercise was in response to the direction of travel indicated by Cochrane centrally towards fewer, high priority, high quality reviews produced in a timely manner, that will enable us to best utilise the limited capacity of the editorial base whilst providing the most valuable reviews for our stakeholders.

More information about the process can be found here.

In September 2017 we announced seven priority titles that we would like to work on over the next two years, some existing titles and some brand new:

1.    Interventions for pruritus of unknown cause (protocol)

2.    Treatments for severe drug reactions (protocol)

3.    Topical treatments for eczema: a network meta‐analysis (protocol)

4.    Systemic treatments for eczema: a network meta‐analysis (protocol)

5.    Interventions for bacterial folliculitis and boils (furuncles and carbuncles) (protocol)

6.    Treatments for alopecia areata: a network meta-analysis (new team assigned 2019)

7.    Educational programmes for primary prevention of skin cancer (withdrawn)

Replaced by 'Interventions for basal cell carcinoma of the skin' (ongoing)