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

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

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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
Issue number3
Early online date30 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2018

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