Cochrane Information Specialists (CIS) undertake different roles according to their Cochrane Entities' structure. In the majority of Review Groups the CIS's main responsibility is identifying controlled trials for inclusion in Cochrane systematic reviews. In other groups the CIS’s main responsibility is to support authors in identifying controlled trials for inclusion in Cochrane systematic reviews.
This can be done in a variety of ways:
Cochrane Information Specialists also develop and maintain a Specialised Register for their group (either reference or study-based) that contains citations to reports of randomised controlled trials and controlled clinical trials. These reports are submitted for inclusion in CENTRAL in the Cochrane Library.
Other responsibilities may include obtaining copies of trial reports when necessary, and organising handsearching of journals, books, conference proceedings handsearchers.
Cochrane Information Specialists have an integral role in the production of Cochrane systematic reviews. Their individual remits vary according to local resources and practices within their review groups.