Writing a review paper
The first step in writing a good review paper is to read some advice from the experts about how to write such a paper. The next step is to analyse a good sample review paper and to examine in detail (1) the structure of the paper; and (2) the writing particularly in the Abstract, in the Introduction, in the beginning and end of sections, and in the Conclusions. Here are two writing guides and two well-written clear review papers for you to use.
Two excellent guides for writing a review
- Allwood, J 2012 Writing a review paper, Editorial, Journal of Materials Processing Technology 212 (2012) 1–2
- Van Wee, B & Banister, D 2016 How to Write a Literature Review Paper? Transport Reviews, 2016 Vol. 36, No. 2, 278–288
Two excellent sample review papers
- Allwood, J 2005 Survey and Performance Assessment of Solution Methods for Elastic Rough Contact Problems, Journal of Tribology, January 2005, Vol. 127, 10-23
- Music, O et al, 2010 A review of the mechanics of metal spinning, Journal of Materials Processing Technology 210 (2010) 3–23
Other useful tips on writing a literature review
Go to Quick tips for PhD students on James Heyton’s PhD Advice Website and search under ‘literature’. You will find helpful tips on many aspects of writing a review including: How to start your reading, How to read a journal article, How to write a PhD literature review, How to write a compelling review, How much literature is enough?, and An easy way to update your literature review quickly.