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Research Guides

Systematic Reviews and Related Evidence Syntheses

Standards and Guidance

Included below are standards that can be seen in many Engineering reviews. For broader Systematic Review standards, see the page on Protocols and Standards.

Example Engineering Systematic Reviews

Example Engineering Scoping Reviews

These types of reviews generally aim to understand the state of some issue of research, not answer a specific question. They may appear or claim to be systematic reviews, but they may lack steps in quality appraisal.

In Engineering, often Scoping Reviews are called "Systematic Mapping Studies" instead. A thorough search for previous studies should include both terms, as they seem to be used interchangeably and about as often as each other.

Example Engineering Narrative Reviews

These examples vary in the amount of detail provided about the search methods. While some describe their search strategy and inclusion criteria, you will notice that the other steps of a systematic review (screening, quality appraisal) are missing.