A systematic method for search term selection in systematic reviews

Thompson, Jenna, Davis, Jacqueline and Mazerolle, Lorraine (2014) A systematic method for search term selection in systematic reviews. Research Synthesis Methods, 5 2: 87-97. doi:10.1002/jrsm.1096

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Author Thompson, Jenna
Davis, Jacqueline
Mazerolle, Lorraine
Title A systematic method for search term selection in systematic reviews
Journal name Research Synthesis Methods   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1759-2879
Publication date 2014-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jrsm.1096
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 87
End page 97
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The wide variety of readily available electronic media grants anyone the freedom to retrieve published references from almost any area of research around the world. Despite this privilege, keeping up with primary research evidence is almost impossible because of the increase in professional publishing across disciplines. Systematic reviews are a solution to this problem as they aim to synthesize all current information on a particular topic and present a balanced and unbiased summary of the findings. They are fast becoming an important method of research across a number of fields, yet only a small number of guidelines exist on how to define and select terms for a systematic search. This article presents a replicable method for selecting terms in a systematic search using the semantic concept recognition software called ʟᴇxɪᴍᴀɴᴄᴇʀ (Leximancer, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia). We use this software to construct a set of terms from a corpus of literature pertaining to transborder interventions for drug control and discuss the applicability of this method to systematic reviews in general. This method aims to contribute a more ‘systematic’ approach for selecting terms in a manner that is entirely replicable for any user.
Keyword Term
Systematic review
Systematic search
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online 23 August 2013

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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