Why Publish a Systematic Review: An Editor’s and Reader’s Perspective

Alicia C. Dowd, Royel Johnson

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Systematic reviews provide more than just a summary of the research literature related to a particular topic or question--rather they offer clear and compelling answers to questions related to the ”who,” "why," and "when" of studies. In this chapter, the authors draw on their experiences with systematic reviews—one as an editor of a highly regarded educational research journal, the other as a researcher and review author—to trace the growing popularity of systematic reviews in education literature and to pose a series of challenges to aspiring review authors to motivate and enliven their work. In particular, the authors stress the importance of melding scientific and rigorous review procedures with ’stylish’ academic writing that engages its audience through effective storytelling, attention to context (the people, places, policies, and practices represented in the studies under review), and clear implications for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSystematic Reviews in Educational Research
Subtitle of host publicationMethodology, Perspectives and Application
PublisherSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783658276027
ISBN (Print)9783658276010
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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