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Critical Literature Reviews by Mind Map: Critical Literature Reviews
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Critical Literature Reviews

Peer Review Publishing

Acceptance, rejection, and resubmissions

How to respond to reviewer's comments

Query the editor

Matching articles with journals

New node

Conference papers as stepping stones

Writing cover letters to journal editors

Why publish? The reasons for publishing your work

negotiating authorship

Choosing Topic

Analyzing Audience

Selecting journal

Problem statement, intro lit summary

Key topics/researchers in the area

Why is it important?

begin with the end (at least a belief) in mind

(Search) Finding sources

Save searches

Reference List scraping

Topic search (ERIC, Wilson)

Author search (Web of Science

What is quality? Where do I dedicate my time?

Google Scholar

Investigative reporting--solve the mystery!

Consider similar topics in other disciplines

Journal archives if you know a critical journal

Find some examples of the kind of review you wish to write.

Sampling/inclusion methods




Annotated bibliographies

Notes in your bibliography manager

Excel spreadsheet of key characteristics?

Provide enough contextual detail that others can judge the validity of the studies.


Critique internal validity/trustworthiness

Were their conclusions justified?

Could there be alternative conclusions?

Are they missing something important to understand?

How do the individual pieces fit together? What is missing in the literature base? What is overlooked?

Connect the dots between study to conceptualize overall framework


Writing strategies, challenges, and overcoming challenges

writing groups and peer review

creating timelines, deadlines, and accountability

Begin writing at the beginning

Write every day--maintain momentum

Jot down reflections that come but don't make it into the draft

A time to read, and a time to write

Use the writing center!

APA helps

Common errors in writing (panel of journal reviewers?)


Presenting research

Pecha Kucha

Effective presentations

New node