Central Editorial Service Information Specialist

Job Title:   Central Editorial Service Information Specialist

Reports to (title): Head of Editorial


To provide post-submission search peer review as a member of the Central Editorial Service and to coordinate the Cochrane Information Specialists' Search Peer Review Team.


  • Provide post-submission search peer review recommendations to the Central Editorial Service in Editorial Manager.
  • Coordinate, recruit and train members of the Cochrane Information Specialist's Search Peer Review Team
  • Maintain peer review assessment tools to reflect current standards for search methods in the Cochrane Handbook, MECIR (Methodological Expectations for the Conduct of Intervention Reviews) standards, PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) and the PRESS (Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies) Guidelines.
  • Assist the Central Editorial Service with triaging submissions, and advise on quality control and methodological issues related to search.
  • Prepare materials and presentations for internal and external meetings.
  • Contribute to the communication and accountability tasks within the Cochrane Evidence Production & Methods Directorate (EPMD).
  • Keep personal finance records and providing reports/invoices and receipts as appropriate.
  • Organise and administer your workload in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Engage with the Head of Editorial in regular appraisals and performance reviews against agreed objectives. To be responsible for identifying own development needs and committing to a personal development plan based on continuous learning.
  • Promote equality and diversity in all aspects of the work of the EPMD.
  • Adhere to and promote the values of Cochrane.
  • Adhere to the Cochrane confidentiality policy.
  • Take reasonable care and be aware of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors to the Cochrane Editorial Unit.
  • Follow the policies and procedures which apply to the role as part of an employment contract with Cochrane.



  • Qualification in librarianship or information science (postgraduate or undergraduate).
  • Extensive experience of searching biomedical databases including (but not limited to) MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, LILACS, PsycINFO, CT.gov, etc.
  • Experience designing, executing and reporting search strategies in collaboration with systematic review authors, using appropriate biomedical databases.
  • Experience peer reviewing literature search strategies for systematic reviews in accordance with established search methods conduct and reporting standards.
  • Knowledge of the role and importance of clinical trials registers and experience searching trial registry platforms.
  • Knowledge of the Cochrane Handbook, Methodological Expectations for the Conduct of Intervention Reviews (MECIR), Perferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA), and the Peer Reveiw of Electronic Search Strategies (PRESS) guideline.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Drive and Enthusiasm.
  • Committment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

    Highly desirable:

  • Recent experience working as a Cochrane Information Specialist
  • Recent experiencing serving on the Cochrane Infrormation Specialists' Search Peer Review Team
  • Experience conducting non-intervention systematic reviews (e.g., rapid reviews, qualitative evidence syntheses, prognosis systematic reviews)
  • Experience of co-authoring a Cochrane systematic review(s).
  • Experience of using Editorial Manager.


Internal: Central Editorial Service, Cochrane Information Specialists' Search Peer Review Team

External: Information Specialist community