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Improving the peer review of narrative literature reviews

Overview of attention for article published in Research Integrity and Peer Review, September 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (92nd percentile)

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Title
Improving the peer review of narrative literature reviews
Published in
Research Integrity and Peer Review, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s41073-016-0019-2
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Authors

Jennifer A. Byrne

Abstract

As the size of the published scientific literature has increased exponentially over the past 30 years, review articles play an increasingly important role in helping researchers to make sense of original research results. Literature reviews can be broadly classified as either "systematic" or "narrative". Narrative reviews may be broader in scope than systematic reviews, but have been criticised for lacking synthesis and rigour. The submission of more scientific manuscripts requires more researchers acting as peer reviewers, which requires adding greater numbers of new reviewers to the reviewing population over time. However, whereas there are many easily accessible guides for reviewers of primary research manuscripts, there are few similar resources to assist reviewers of narrative reviews. Here, I summarise why literature reviews are valued by their diverse readership and how peer reviewers with different levels of content expertise can improve the reliability and accessibility of narrative review articles. I then provide a number of recommendations for peer reviewers of narrative literature reviews, to improve the integrity of the scientific literature, while also ensuring that narrative review articles meet the needs of both expert and non-expert readers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 156 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 35 22%
Researcher 22 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 13%
Student > Bachelor 10 6%
Professor 8 5%
Other 32 21%
Unknown 28 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 35 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 23 15%
Social Sciences 14 9%
Psychology 10 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 6 4%
Other 36 23%
Unknown 32 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 29. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 December 2020.
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#1,031,306
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Outputs from Research Integrity and Peer Review
#51
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#20,619
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#2
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