The majority of full-text Cochrane Reviews are freely available to read, or download, from within the Cochrane Library as soon as they are published. The full text of some reviews may not be available until 12 months after publication.
Select the title of an individual Cochrane Review to read the full text. You can either download the full review as a PDF, or browse through the review, using the menu to the right of the screen.
All Cochrane Protocols are freely available within the Cochrane Library.
As for the Cochrane Reviews, you can select a specific protocol to download the PDF, or to use the right hand menu to browse through the sections of the protocol.
The Cochrane Library does not include the full text of the papers and trials that are indexed in the trials database, CENTRAL.
You may be able to select a link in the trial record to find out whether you can get access to the full text. Records may include:
If you are not able to link directly to the full text, you will need to leave the Cochrane Library and check elsewhere to find out whether you have access.
The content contained within the Editorials, Special Collections, and Clinical Answers databases is all free to access.
Selecting any of these options will take you out of the Cochrane Library. You will need to check whether you have access to the publications that are indexed by these external databases.
A Digital Object Identifier (or DOI) is a permanent, stable link to a specific item online. It is more stable than a URL, as URLs can change, for example if an organisation re-structures its website. You might see the DOI in a reference list or bibliography, as it is a reliable way to locate articles online.
Where you see the Findit@UCL icon, click on it to link to the full text.
Sometimes you will see a link to the publisher's site. Unless the article is open access, you might find that you can't reach the full text.
Clicking on the Findit@UCL link instead will link you to the full text via UCL's subscription access, if available.