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Traditional Literature Review
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:
JBI 'endorses the reporting guidelines in the PRISMA statement' and provides protocol and review templates to guide reporting.
These guides relate to systematic reviews written to the specific Cochrane or JBI style. These review styles are typically considered to be of a higher standard than systematic reviews written for other sources.
Other well-known guides for writing reviews are outlined below.
The titles below offer advice on the entire review process, including writing the review.
Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can consult Deakin University's Academic Skills Support group for support with writing.
Your audience and publication priorities are an important part of developing a publication strategy for your review. 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.
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: