Systematic & scoping reviews

Business and Law

An introduction to the what, why, and how of systematic reviewing. A presentation by Dr. Caroline Knight & Dr. Daniela Andrei - Centre for Transformative Work Design, Future of work Institute, Curtin University. 24th June 2021. [PDF, 1.41MB]

Examples of systematic reviews in the fields of business and law:

  • Adams, R. J., Smart, P., & Huff, A. S. (2017). Shades of grey: Guidelines for working with the grey literature in systematic reviews for management and organizational studies. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19 (4), 432-454.

  • Clark, W. R., Clark, L. A., Rafo, D. M., & Williams Jr, R. I. (2021). Extending Fisch and Block’s (2018) tips for a systematic review in management and business literature. Management Review Quarterly, 71, 215–231.

  • Fisch, C. & Block, J. (2018). Six tips for your (systematic) literature review in business and management research. Management Review Quarterly, 68, 103–106.


Examples of systematic reviews in the field of humanities:

  • Campbell, A., Taylor, B., Bates, J., & O’Connor-Bones, U. (2018). Developing and applying a protocol for a systematic review in the social sciences. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 24 (1), 1-22.

  • Dacombe, R. (2018). Systematic reviews in political science: What can the approach contribute to political research? Political Studies Review, 16 (2), 148–157.

  • Evans, J., & Benefield, P. (2001). Systematic reviews of educational research: Does the medical model fit? British Educational Research Journal, 27 (5), 527-541.

  • Konnerup, M., & Kongsted, H. C. (2012). Do Cochrane reviews provide a good model for social science? The role of observational studies in systematic reviews. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 8(1), 79-96.

  • Papaioannou, D., Sutton, A., Carroll, C., Booth, A. & Wong, R. (2010). Literature searching for social science systematic reviews: Consideration of a range of search techniques. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 27, 114-122.

  • Polanin, J. R., Maynard, B. R., & Dell, N. A. (2017). Overviews in education research: A systematic review and analysis. Review of Educational Research, 87 (1), 172–203.

  • Shim, Y., Jebb, A. T., Tay, L., & Pawelski, J. O. (2021). Arts and humanities interventions for flourishing in healthy adults: A mixed studies systematic review. Review of General Psychology, 25 (3), 258–282.

  • Waddington, H., White, H., Snilstveit, B., Hombrados, J. G., Vojtkova, M., Davies, P., Bhavsar, A., Eyers, J., Koehlmoos, T. P., Petticrew, M., Valentine, J. C., & Tugwell, P. (2012). How to do a good systematic review of effects in international development: a tool kit. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 4 (3), 359-387.

Science and Engineering

Buckley, L., Greenwood, A., Gregory, D., Le Clerc, J. & Stephens, J. (2021). STEM Systematic Reviews: What do you mean? Deakin University Library. Australasian STEM/Engineering Librarians Virtual Workshop 24th June 2021 [PDF, 3.03MB]

Examples of systematic reviews in the fields of science and engineering:

  • Bilotta, G. S., Milner, A. M., & Boyd, I. (2014). On the use of systematic reviews to inform environmental policies. Environmental Science & Policy, 42, 67-77.

  • Borrego, M., Foster, M. J., & Froyd, J. E. (2014). Systematic literature reviews in engineering education and other developing interdisciplinary fields. Journal of Engineering Education, 103 (1), 45-76.

  • Budgen, D., Brereton, P., Drummond, S., & Williams, N. (2018). Reporting systematic reviews: Some lessons from a tertiary study. Information and Software Technology, 95, 62-74.

  • Haddaway, N.R., Macura, B., Whaley, P., & Pullin, A. S. (2018). ROSES RepOrting standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses: pro forma, flow-diagram and descriptive summary of the plan and conduct of environmental systematic reviews and systematic maps. Environmental Evidence 7 (1), 1-8.

  • Henry, A., & Stieglitz, L. (2020). An examination of systematic reviews in the engineering literature. ASEE Virtual Annual Conference 2020.

  • Kitchenham, B., & Brereton, P. (2013). A systematic review of systematic review process research in software engineering. Information and Software Technology, 55 (12), 2049-2075.

  • Pullin, A. S., & Stewart, G. B. (2006). Guidelines for systematic review in conservation and environmental management. Conservation Biology, 20 (6), 1647-1656.

  • Staples, M., & Niazi, M. (2007). Experiences using systematic review guidelines. The Journal of Systems and Software, 80 (9), 1425-1437.