Cochrane Library - Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Cochrane Reviews do not appear in the APA Manual but the format for this source is taken from the APA Style blog.


Example, including punctuation


Singh, J., Kour, K. & Jayaram Mahesh, B.

Year of publication


Title of the review (italics)

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors for schizophrenia.


Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Volume number (italics)

Is always the same as the year (2012 in this case)

Issue number

(1) NOTE – this is not optional for Cochrane Reviews because they are not continuously paginated as journal articles are.

Page numbers


DOI number



The citation in your text will be

First time: (Singh, Kour & Jayaram, 2013) and on subsequent citations: (Singh et al., 2013).

or, if you have quoted directly,

(Singh, Kour & Jayaram, 2013, p.23)

If you have used the author's name in your sentence then only the year of publication, with a page reference if necessary, is placed after it in brackets, eg

Singh, Kour and Jayaram (2013) suggest that ...

or, if you have quoted directly,

Singh, Kour and Jayaram (2013, p.23) state that ...

Reference list/bibliography:

Singh, J., Kour, K., & Jayaram Mahesh, B. (2012). Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors for schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012 (1), 1–101. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD007967.pub2

Interested in systematic reviews?

Check out our guide to Systematic Reviews

It explains the systematic review process and covers a variety of relevant topics include including formulating an appropriate review question, devising a search strategy, assessing the quality of studies found and analysing and synthesising data.