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

TitleRevisiting the need for a literature search narrative: A brief methodological note.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsCooper C, Dawson S, Peters J, Varley-Campbell J, Cockcroft E, Hendon J, Churchill R
JournalResearch synthesis methods
Volume9
Issue3
Pagination361-365
Date Published2018 Sep
ISSN1759-2887
AbstractIn 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.
DOI10.1002/jrsm.1315
Alternate JournalRes Synth Methods