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What is a review article?



Reviews summarize and synthesize the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer analyzes all recent literature to provide a coherent view of the state of the art. Since they do not report new original research, they are part of the Secondary Literature. Review articles will tell you about:

Review articles are usually longer than research articles (some might be 100 pages or more!) and have extensive bibliographies. Thus they are excellent places to discover important previous articles on a topic. Unlike research articles, reviews are better places to get background on a topic, although some prior familiarity with it is expected.

Where are reviews published? Reviews can be found in many different kinds of publications.

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