Revisiting the need for a literature search narrative: A brief methodological note

Chris Cooper*, Sarah Dawson, Jaime Peters, Jo Varley-Campbell, Emma Cockcroft, Jess Hendon, Rachel Churchill

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Abstract

In this method note, we question if the primary search strategy in a systematic review should be accompanied by a search narrative. A search narrative could offer a conceptual and contextual report on the search strategy, which we suggest might benefit the peer review of literature searches and increase engagement with, and discussion of, the literature search strategy from review stakeholders, topic experts, and lay users of research. Search narratives would also increase the transparency of decision-making in literature searching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-365
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Synthesis Methods
Volume9
Issue number3
Early online date21 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

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