Methodologic Guidelines for Review Papers

D. L. Weed
1997 Journal of the National Cancer Institute  
Reading a good review paper is one of the most efficient ways of becoming familiar with state-of-the-art research and practice on any topic in cancer biology, epidemiology, prevention, or treatment. Yet, what constitutes a good review? It must be clearly organized, recently written by a knowledgeable (ex-pert) scientist, and describe a topic appropriate to the general readership of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. A 10-year methodologic discussion, however, suggests that there is
more » ... re to the quality of reviews than judgments about writing style, author's expertise, and choice of topic (1-18). Review papers are sources of scientific information and should be read (and written) with specific methodologic considerations in mind. The purpose of this editorial is to propose a set of guidelines for reviews submitted to the Journal, a general oncology journal.
doi:10.1093/jnci/89.1.6 fatcat:ppbavbtoifgxlo625rl7q3t2m4