Advancing the science of literature reviewing in social research: the focused mapping review and synthesis

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Advancing the science of literature reviewing in social research : the focused mapping review and synthesis. / Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Breckenridge, Jenna P.; Clark, Maria; Herber, Oliver R. ; Jones, Christine ; Taylor, Julie.

In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology , Vol. 22, No. 5, 18.02.2019, p. 451-462.

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title = "Advancing the science of literature reviewing in social research: the focused mapping review and synthesis",
abstract = "Literature reviews are an important and popular part of synthesising evidence across a range of disciplines. There are numerous approaches, each with their distinctive features and purposes. The aim of this article is to advance the science of literature reviewing by describing a new form of review: The {\textquoteleft}Focused Mapping Review and Synthesis{\textquoteright} (FMRS). We critique the approach and highlight its similarities and differences in relation to existing review methodologies. There are four key features of FMRS. It: 1) focuses on a defined field of knowledge rather than a body of evidence; 2) creates a descriptive map or topography of key features of research within the field rather than a synthesis of findings; 3) comments on the overall approach to knowledge production rather than the state of the evidence; 4) examines this within a broader epistemological context. The FMRS can be used to answer questions that might not be appropriate for other review types and potentially offers a useful addition to the methodological toolkit of social researchers from multiple disciplines.",
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