Science of Collaboratories logo - link
An alliance to advance the understanding of collaboratories
Science of Collaboratories

Back to Bibliographies

Journal Article:

Author(s) :


Dickersin, K.; Eric Manheimer, Susan Wieland, Karen A. Rovinson, Carol LeFebvre, Steve McDonald

Date of Publication :


March 2002

Article Title :


Development of the Cochrane Collaboration's Central Register of Controlled Clinical Trials

Journal Title :


Evaluation & The Health Professions

Volume ID :



Pages(s) :



Abstract :


The Cochrane Collaboration has established a centralized database of controlled trials and other studies of health care interventions (called CENTRAL) that serves as the best available resource for all those preparing and maintaining systematic reviews or otherwise searching for trials. CENTRAL is available on the the Cochrane Library. This article describes the history and methods of CENTRAL's development and the results of an analysis of the current composition of CENTRAL. As of September 2000, CENTRAL contained almost 300,000 citations to reports of trials, contributed mainly by by Cochrane Groups Centers around the world. Devleopment of CENTRAL has been an ambitious, scholarly undertaking and has resulted in a valuable resource: CENTRAL includes citations to controlled trials that may not be indexed in MEDLINE, EMBASE, or other bibliographic databases; citations published internationally in many languages; and citations that are available only in conference proceedins or other hard-to-access sources.

Related Collaboratories :

  Cochrane Collaboration
  Home | About SOC | Workshops | Resources | News & Events  

University of California, Irvine Logo

University of California, Irvine

School of Information Logo

School of Information University of Michigan