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Systematic Reviews: Different types of review

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Often cited paper about review types and methodologies: 

A useful update to the 2009 Grant & Booth paper - covers various review methodologies and groups them into review "families"

  • Sutton, A., Clowes, M., Preston, L., & Booth, A. (2019). Meeting the review family: exploring review types and associated information retrieval requirements. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 36 (3), 202-222.

Systematized Review (versus Systematic Review)

Another type of Review described in the Grant & Booth (2009) paper is the Systematized Review.
Systematized Review:
  • Attempts to include elements of the systematic review process while stopping short of a systematic review 
  • Typically conducted as postgraduate student assignment
  • May or may not include comprehensive searching
  • May or may not include quality assessment
  • Typically narrative with tabular accompaniment
  • Analysis will cover: what is known; uncertainty around findings; limitations of methodology
Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 26 (2), 91-108.

What type of literature review do you need?

Systematic Review vs Literature Review

The following table highlights some of the differences between systematic and literature reviews.  The two can be confused as both are used to provide a summary of the literature or research on a topic.  

Kysh, Lynn (2013): Difference between a systematic review and a literature review. [figshare]. Available at:

Narrative versus Systematic Review