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Systematic and systematic-like review toolkit

Toolkit of resources to support researchers in the development of systematic and systematic-like reviews

5.1 Writing the review

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The way a review article is written varies depending on the audience, discipline and type of review. There are guides available to assist with this process. Two of the best known are:

These guides relate to systematic reviews written to the specific Cochrane or JBI style. These review styles are typically considered to be at a higher standard than for systematic reviews written for other sources.

Reporting standards

Other well-known guides for writing reviews include:

Other supporting information

  • The "How to read a paper" series from The BMJ is useful for understanding specific research designs and interpreting papers that report on the outcome of these methods of research.
  • Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can consult Deakin University's Academic Skills Support group for support with writing.

The below titles offer advice on the entire review process, including writing the review.

5.2 Publishing a review

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Considering your audience and publication priorities are an important part of developing a publication strategy for your review. Please visit the Library’s publication strategy guide, Your publishing plan, for detail on this step. The guide includes sections on:

Always follow author guidelines when submitting manuscripts.

Journal guidelines for reviews

Journals usually offer guidance to authors on how to prepare their paper to best fit the requirements of the journal. This sometimes includes guidelines on the preparation and presentation of review articles.

When selecting a journal to submit your review, look for these author guidelines. If you can't find any, contact the journal for advice.

Here are some examples where journals have specific instructions for review articles: