PaPaS Express

PaPaS Express

This project aims to test the authoring and editorial process from publication of the protocol to completion of the full review. We are interested to see what is possible with advance planning and prioritisation of tasks. The aim is to follow the normal, rigorous processes to produce a high quality Cochrane review in a short timeframe. The timeline below is a planned outline, and we are adopting a flexible approach in order to respond to the demands and challenges that may arise.

Follow our progress on Twitter using the hashtag #PaPaSExpress.


The Cochrane Express project (info) was established in 2014 as an against-the-clock challenge to develop a priority-listed Cochrane Review from published protocol to full review within 10 hours. The team hoped to ultimately produce a documentary film to showcase the evidence-to-clinical practice process and its technology-enabled future, such as utilising Project Transform tools, and crowd-sourcing via Twitter.

The project stalled in 2015. The Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Review Group (PaPaS) is preparing a similar project in 2016.


Single dose, oral, fixed-dose combination dexketoprofen/tramadol for acute postoperative pain in adults


This is an appropriate title for a rapid* review because it will be part of a series of reviews that use the same well-established and verified methods, there is known to be an adequate, but not excessive, number of relevant studies, and combination therapies may provide a way to maximise benefit while keeping doses low and minimising harm.


Applicable core principles of #CE project for the PaPaS Express

  • Produce a rapid priority review within 1 week (6 – 10 June), from published protocol to copy edited review.

  • Demonstrate that quality can accompany speed.

  • Demonstrate value and impact of working efficiently together to produce high quality, timely, priority evidence.

  • Utilise Twitter to report progress and engage with community.


Proposed timeline

Advance preparation

  • Identify pool of peer referees (PRs) (one methods and two clinical experts; one Consumer referee)
  • Inform PRs, screening editor, and copy editor of timeline and expectations
  • Publish protocol (title registered April 2016)
  • Perform searches, screen search results, identify studies for inclusion and obtain full papers
  • Comms: inform CEU, publish project plan on PaPaS website, and develop a social media plan

 #PaPaSExpress timeline 6 – 10 June 2016

    • Monday: prepare first draft of the review; submit for editorial approval.

Roles required: authors

    • Tuesday: editorial checks; revise if necessary; send to peer review*.

Roles required: AE, KH, CE; (authors); PRs

    • Wednesday: revise in response to peer referee comments; editorial checks.

Roles required: authors; AE, KH, CE

    • Thursday: screening (revise if necessary); sign off; submit for copy edit.

Roles required: CE; screening; (authors); AE, KH; Copy edit

    • Friday: complete copy edit; finalise draft; publish.

Roles required: Copy edit; authors; AE.


* ‘Targeted’ PR from one methods and two clinical experts; request they focus on specific sections; aim for same PRs for protocol and review. Consumer referee to focus primarily on the PLS.


The project team will consist of the following people, all of whom will be given advance notice and will be invited to join us in Oxford.

  • Author team: Sheena Derry, Tess Cooper, Tudor Phillips.

  • Workflow Manager: Anna Erskine, with editorial assistance from Kerry Harding.

  • Contact Editor/Sign Off Editor: Christopher Eccleston.

  • External Peer Referees (x3): to be confirmed.

  • Consumer Referee (x1): to be confirmed.

  • Screening support: Toby Lasserson.

  • Copy Edit: to be confirmed.

* Our definition of 'rapid' is a Cochrane review completed quickly; all Cochrane methods and processes performed.