Review journal article

The next section is usually a review of the existing research literature on this topic . Do the authors present a convincing line of argument here--or does it appear that they are just name-dropping (citing sources that may be important, without a clear underlying logic for how they may be important)? Do the authors focus on ideas, or merely on discrete facts or findings? Have they given sufficient attention to theory--the cumulative attempts at prior explanations for the questions they are investigating? Are the research questions or hypotheses clearly derivative of the theory and the literature review? In short: How well do the authors set the stage for the research problem they are reporting?

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  • Citation tools Download this article to citation manager Godlee Fiona , Smith Jane , Marcovitch Harvey . Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent BMJ 2011; 342 :c7452
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