The Team


Farhad, Senior Researcher

Google Scholar          LinkedIn          ORCID          Publons          Twitter          UoN

Farhad is an information scientist and a systematic reviewer since 2004. He is an expert in search methodology, screening, data extraction, and systematic review computer programs. Currently, he is a research fellow and lecturer at University of Nottingham. He holds a PhD in Evidence Synthesis and as methodologist, he is a co-author of searching and screening chapter in the 2nd edition of Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and reporting guidelines such as PRISMA and PRIOR. As a member of research team, he is involved in several national and international programs funded by WHO, Gates Foundation, UK Stroke Association, and NIHR for projects ran in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, the UK, and the USA.

He has been invited to deliver lectures on systematic reviews. Farhad recently delivered the most viewed webinar of Elsevier’s channel. He was invited speaker in Search Solutions 2018 and since then he delivers tutorials for British Computer Society (the Chartered Institute for IT).

His most recent free webinar attracted hundreds of participants from 38 countries. Watch the recording for free: Computer Programs for Semi-Automation of Evidence Synthesis


Farhad has worked with 16 Cochrane Groups and contributed to over 400 Cochrane systematic reviews. As a result, he is also among top 10 responding volunteers in Cochrane. His main area of volunteering with Cochrane is data extraction from non-English studies (Arabic, Azerbaijani, French, German, Italian, Persian, Spanish, Tajik and Turkish)

In his spare time, he curates Systematic Review and Academic Writing topics on ResearchGate, a free forum, and has added over 329 answers to the questions asked by the researchers about these topics since 2008, the ResearchGate’s birth year.

Furthermore, he is an editor of Systematic Reviews journal and World Journal of Meta-Analysis and has peer-reviewed 73 papers for 16 journals. He recently joined Evidence Aid to fight against COVID-19.

Farhad has developed the first Living Search Strategy to retrieve all the literature relevant to COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 in PubMed. The report is published in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

Email him


Ghazaleh, Team Leader

Ghazaleh holds a master’s degree in information science and is an information scientist, a researcher and a volunteer with Cochrane. She used to be a teacher and a bibliotherapist before starting the data management in clinical settings.

She is experienced in registers of clinical trials and systematic reviews. She also is interested in data extraction (abstraction) and management of systematic reviews. She has recently lead and finished two Cochrane systematic reviews and a scoping review and currently is working on two new Cochrane reviews. She is also working on a new overview right now. See her recent Cochrane review on Avatar Therapy and her scoping review on Post-Stroke Fatigue.


Ghazaleh has been a volunteer with Cochrane Crowd and Cochrane TaskExchange since 2016. She has helped many reviewers answering their questions or in eligibility check or data extraction of English and non-English literature.


Join us as freelancer

We can’t survive without our amazing freelancers who are working with us from all time zones.

We respect the self-employment and your freedom. If you are interested in working with us in freelance-based, please feel free to contact us giving us your background. We welcome both junior and senior reviewers.





” … helped us with an unusual and intractable challenge, and an excellent paper ensued.”

Professor David Baguley, UK

” … over 6 years published many systematic reviews with … wonderful skill of conducting searching for systematic reviews (any kinds).”

Professor Erika Ota, Japan

” … excellent information specialist with whom I have worked with on multiple systematic reviews … provides comprehensive and rigorous search strategies that address the research question … is always prompt and efficient, as well as being very friendly and personable …”

Dr Amelia Hicks, Australia

“Highly recommend these services … helped me develop a search strategy for my systematic review … went above and beyond to make sure my protocol and search strategy were suitable for publication … wealth of knowledge … always quick to reply. Would definitely use these services again!”

Dr Sarah Carrier, Australia

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s