How To Write A Superb Literature Review

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A Review article, also called a literature review, is a survey of previously published research on a topic. It should give an overview of current thinking on the theme và, unlike an original research article, won’t present new experimental results.

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The objective of a literature đánh giá is to lớn provide a critical evaluation of the data available from existing studies. đánh giá articles can identify potential research areas to explore next, and sometimes they will draw new conclusions from the existing data.

What vị review articles do?

Provide a comprehensive foundation on atopicExplain the current state ofknowledgeIdentify gaps in existing studies for potential futureresearchHighlight the main methodologies và researchtechniques
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Did you know…

There are some journals that only publish nhận xét articles, and others that vì not accept them. Make sure you check theaims and scopeof the journal you’d like lớn publish in to lớn find out if it’s the right place for your nhận xét article.


What is the difference between a research article & a Reviews article?


Research articleđánh giá article
ViewpointPresents the viewpoint of the author Critiques the viewpoint of other authors on a particular topic
ContentNew nội dung Assessing already published content
LengthDepends on the word limit provided by the journal you submit khổng lồ Tends to be shorter than a retìm kiếm article, but will still need to adhere khổng lồ word limits

How lớn write an authoritative sầu review article

Here are 8 key things to lớn consider when writing a review article:

1. Cheông chồng the journal’s aims and scope

Make sure you have read the aims và scope for the journal you are submitting to lớn và follow them closely. Different journals accept different types of articles and not all will accept Review articles, so it’s important to lớn kiểm tra this before you start writing.

2. Define your scope

Define the scope of your đánh giá article và the retìm kiếm question you’ll be answering, making sure your article contributes something new to the field.

Asaward-winning author Angus Crake told us, you’ll also need lớn “define the scope of your Đánh Giá so that it is manageable, not too large or small; it may be necessary to focus on recent advances if the field is well established.”

3. Finding sources to lớn evaluate

When finding sources to evaluate, Angus Crake says it’s critical that you “use multiple search engines/databases so you don’t miss any important ones.”

For finding studies for a systematic Reviews in medical sciences,read advice from NCBI.

4. Writing your title, abstract & keywords

Spend time writing an effective sầu title, abstract và keywords. This will help maximize the visibility of your article online, ensuring the right readers find your research. Your title và abstract should be clear, concise, accurate, và informative sầu.

For more information & guidance on getting these right, read our guide to writing a goodabstract and titleandourresearcher’s guide khổng lồ tìm kiếm engine optimization.

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5. Introduce the topic

Start with an overview of the topic & give sầu some context, explaining why a Reviews of the topic is necessary. Gather research lớn inform your introduction và make it broad enough khổng lồ reach out khổng lồ a large audience of non-specialists. This will help maximize its wider relevance & impact.

Don’t make your introduction too long. Divide the đánh giá into sections of a suitable length to lớn allow key points to lớn be identified more easily.

6. Include critical discussion

Make sure you present a critical discussion, not just a descriptive sầu summary of the topic. If there is contradictory research in your area of focus, make sure lớn include an element of debate & present both sides of the argument. You can also use your reviews paper to resolve sầu conflict between contradictory studies.

“Once you have sầu the core nhận xét section written, take a step baông chồng and look for common trends that emerge. Highlight key advances that have sầu been made and areas where more focused retìm kiếm may lead khổng lồ high impact. These are crucial to show where the field is heading, and any common pitfalls people have sầu struggled with.”

Angus Crake, researcher

7. Sum it up

“You should aim lớn write a reviews that leaves a clear impression of what is ‘well understood’, and what still remains a ‘mystery’ to be solved.

–Diptak Bhattacharya, researcher

This can include making suggestions for future retìm kiếm on the topic as part of your conclusion.

8. Use a critical friend

One last check. Always persize a final spell & grammar kiểm tra of your article before submission.

You may want to lớn ask a critical friover or colleague lớn give sầu their feedbachồng before you submit. If English is not your first language, think about using a language-polishing service. Find out more about theTaylor & Francis Editing Services.

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Đánh Giá article checklist

Complete this checkdanh sách before you submit your reviews article:

Have sầu you checked the journal’s aims and scope?Have you defined the scope of your article?Did you use multiple tìm kiếm engines to find sources khổng lồ evaluate?Have you written a descriptive title & abstract using keywords?Did you start with an overview of the topic?Have you presented a critical discussion?Have you included future suggestions for retìm kiếm in your conclusion?Have sầu you asked a friover to lớn vì a final spell và grammar check?

Further resources

For more advice on writing a reviews article, read author-to-author tips in the blog posts below…