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Writing narrative literature reviews for peer-reviewed journals: secrets of the trade.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19674681     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To describe and discuss the process used to write a narrative review of the literature for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Publication of narrative overviews of the literature should be standardized to increase their objectivity.
BACKGROUND: In the past decade numerous changes in research methodology pertaining to reviews of the literature have occurred. These changes necessitate authors of review articles to be familiar with current standards in the publication process.
METHODS: Narrative overview of the literature synthesizing the findings of literature retrieved from searches of computerized databases, hand searches, and authoritative texts.
DISCUSSION: An overview of the use of three types of reviews of the literature is presented. Step by step instructions for how to conduct and write a narrative overview utilizing a 'best-evidence synthesis' approach are discussed, starting with appropriate preparatory work and ending with how to create proper illustrations. Several resources for creating reviews of the literature are presented and a narrative overview critical appraisal worksheet is included. A bibliography of other useful reading is presented in an appendix.
CONCLUSION: Narrative overviews can be a valuable contribution to the literature if prepared properly. New and experienced authors wishing to write a narrative overview should find this article useful in constructing such a paper and carrying out the research process. It is hoped that this article will stimulate scholarly dialog amongst colleagues about this research design and other complex literature review methods.
Authors:
Bart N Green; Claire D Johnson; Alan Adams
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of chiropractic medicine     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1556-3707     ISO Abbreviation:  J Chiropr Med     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101163637     Medline TA:  J Chiropr Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  101-17     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Associate Editor, National University of Health Sciences.
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