Systematic Literature Reviews: Keep the Hat On


Coral Calero
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Xavier Franch
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Daniel Mendez
Blekinge Institute of Technology
Guenther Ruhe
Univeristy of Calgary


  • Oscar Díaz. Universidad del País Vasco, España.


Systematic literature review (SLR) is a formal, structured process to conduct literature reviews. SLRs are goal-driven activities that result in unbiased, repeatable, comprehensive reviews that evaluate and synthesize results of multiple primary studies. SLRs are among the most cited journal publications and reckoned to be useful for students, academics and practitioners alike. Yet, conducting an SLR is not trivial. It involves a lot of time (some estimates give the figure of at least one year), requires a lot of manual work, and benefits are frequently limited to synthesis while overlooking gap spotting. On top, there is a tendency to look down to SLR as it can be somehow distilled from CNEAI description where works not to be considered include: “– Las meras revisiones recopilatorias, sin ninguna aportación original, aunque estén publicadas en revistas indexadas.” The aim of this panel is to consider the trade-offs of SLR not only for academics but for other stakeholders: PhD students, practitioners or decision takers. Participants are offered two hats: the consumer hat vs the provider hat.