Introduction to Review Articles: Writing Systematic and Narrative Reviews


Review articles significantly contribute to the progress of science by coherently presenting the existing findings on a research topic. Enago in collaboration with Annual Reviews—a nonprofit scientific publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for scientific advancement—conducted an informative webinar to address the challenges faced by research scholars in review article publication. Researchers often face challenges to identify good quality, bias-free, and relevant data from the plethora of research-based evidence present in an ever-growing scientific literature database. Review articles adopt a methodical approach to select, critically appraise, and summarize the available research findings to answer a focused scientific question and identify potential research areas.

Through this session, researchers will have a better understanding of the following:

  • Overview and significance of review articles in academic publishing
  • A comparative analysis of different types of literature reviews
  • Tips for writing good systematic and narrative reviews
  • Role of meta-analysis
  • Guidelines and tools for improved reporting of a systematic review
  • Narrative Reviews in summary by Annual Reviews

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Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews was founded in 1932 to help scientists cope with the ever-increasing volume of primary research literature. It provides a definitive academic resource for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and professionals worldwide. With over 50 journals spanning disciplines within Biomedical, Life, Physical and Social sciences, it also has a variety of content collections for institutions and consortia.

Dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society, journals from Annual Reviews will quickly become your “go to” resource for the expert view. Knowable Magazine helps you to set research in a broader context and provides enriching, enjoyable, and even entertaining fact-based content to complement the review articles.


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James R. Greenwood, Adjunct Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Dr. Greenwood is an accomplished researcher-cum-entrepreneur with 40+ years of extensive experience in the STM industry and primary research interest in microbiology, epidemiology, and policy development for environmental protection and public health. His current affiliations include Global Healthcare Capital (Advisory Board Member), USDA - National Organic Standards Board (Board Member), Journal of Environmental Science and Renewable Resources (Editor In Chief), Journal of Environmental and Toxicological Research (Editor), and School of Public Health, UCLA (Adjunct Professor). Dr. Greenwood has also served as a Science Advisor at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and held advisory positions with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Irvine Cancer Control and Prevention Board, University of California. To date, Dr. Greenwood has several patents, publications in reputed journals, and book chapters to his credit. He has also been invited to present papers at national and international conferences.

Richard Gallagher, President & Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews

Richard Gallagher is President & Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews, a Palo Alto, California-based nonprofit publisher that specializes in the synthesis and integration of knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. Richard has a PhD from the Department of Cell Biology at Glasgow University, Scotland, and spent 10 years in research, five as Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Immunology at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, working on the immunopathology of celiac disease. On moving to publishing, he served as Office Head and Senior Editor for the Europe Office of Science in Cambridge, England before joining Nature in London, England as Chief Biology Editor, where he managed the publication of the papers describing the sequencing of the human genome in 2001. He was later appointed Publisher of Nature before moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to become Editor & Publisher of The Scientist magazine. He joined Annual Reviews in 2015.



Dr. James R. Greenwood

An accomplished researcher-cum-entrepreneur with 40+ years of extensive experience in the STM industry




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