REF 2021

Cochrane Incontinence is happy to support the publication of relevant Cochrane Reviews intended for submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, the UK’s system for assessing research in higher education institutions. As stated by the Director of Cochrane UK, Cochrane Reviews intended for submission to the REF should address an important question, be conducted to an extremely high standard (with either existing, new or novel methods) and be shown to have impact. 

We anticipate that the lead up to the REF will be a very busy period for Cochrane Incontinence. We will need to plan our work carefully and where necessary, focus on our highest priority reviews.     

To be guaranteed publication by the REF cut-off date of 31 December 2020, completed reviews should be submitted for editorial approval as a RevMan file no later than 31 July 2020. They should include:

  • A date of search no earlier than 31 December 2019.
  • Up-to-date methods, including the implementation of GRADE and Summary of Findings tables.

In order to manage workflow through the editorial base and help to ensure publication by this deadline, we will contact the review teams of eligible Cochrane reviews to discuss timeframes and anticipated changes to reviews prior to submission.

Please note: we are unable to guarantee publication by the deadline for reviews that have not received a formal acknowledgement from the Group in advance.

If you are currently working on a Cochrane Review that you intend to submit as part of REF 2021, please contact cochrane.incontinence@ncl.ac.uk as matter of urgency.

* If you are not UK-based but have a similar institutional evaluation upcoming that requires publication within a specific timeframe, please contact cochrane.incontience@ncl.ac.uk as early as possible.