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Literature reviews as independent studies : guidelines for academic practice

  • Review articles or literature reviews are a critical part of scientific research. While numerous guides on literature reviews exist, these are often limited to the philosophy of review procedures, protocols, and nomenclatures, triggering non-parsimonious reporting and confusion due to overlapping similarities. To address the aforementioned limitations, we adopt a pragmatic approach to demystify and shape the academic practice of conducting literature reviews. We concentrate on the types, focuses, considerations, methods, and contributions of literature reviews as independent, standalone studies. As such, our article serves as an overview that scholars can rely upon to navigate the fundamental elements of literature reviews as standalone and independent studies, without getting entangled in the complexities of review procedures, protocols, and nomenclatures.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Sascha KrausORCiD, Matthias BreierORCiD, Weng Marc LimORCiD, Marina DabicORCiD, Satish Kumar, Dominik K. KanbachORCiD, Debmalya MukherjeeORCiD, Vincenzo CorvelloORCiD, Juan Piñeiro-ChousaORCiD, Eric LiguoriORCiD, Daniel Palacios MarquésORCiD, Francesco SchiavoneORCiD, Alberto Ferraris, Cristina Fernandes, João J. Ferreira
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Strategic Entrepreneurship
Parent Title (English):Review of managerial science : RMS
Page Number:[19]
Year of first Publication:2022
Tag:Bibliometrics; Contributions; Literature reviews; Meta analysis; Methods
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:AJG Ranking / 2
VHB Ranking / B
SJR Ranking / Q1
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International