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      Experiences Using Systematic Review Guidelines

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      10th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) (EASE)

      Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)

      10 - 11 April 2006

      Systematic review, empirical software engineering

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          A systematic review is a defined and methodical way to identify, assess and analyse published primary studies in order to investigate a specific research question. Kitchenham has recently published guidelines for software engineering researchers performing systematic reviews. The objective of our paper is to critique Kitchenham’s guidelines and to comment on systematic review generally with respect to our experiences conducting our first systematic review. Our perspective as neophytes may be particularly illuminating for other software engineering researchers who are also considering conducting their first systematic review. Overall we can recommend Kitchenham’s guidelines to other researchers considering systematic reviews. We caution researchers to clearly and narrowly define the research questions they will investigate by systematic review, to reduce the overall effort and to improve the quality of the selection of papers and extraction of data. In particular we recommend defining complementary research questions that are not within the scope of the systematic review in order to clarify the boundaries of the specific research question of interest. An instance of this recommendation is that researchers should clearly define the unit of study for the systematic review.

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              Contributors
              Conference
              April 2006
              April 2006
              : 1-10
              Affiliations
              National ICT Australia

              Australian Technology Park

              Garden Street, Eveleigh, NSW 1430 Australia
              National ICT Australia

              Australian Technology Park

              Garden Street, Eveleigh, NSW 1430 Australia

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              School of Computing and Mathematics

              Keele University

              Staffs ST5 5BG United Kingdom
              Article
              10.14236/ewic/EASE2006.9
              © Mark Staples et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 10th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), Keele University, UK

              This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

              10th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
              EASE
              10
              Keele University, UK
              10 - 11 April 2006
              Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
              Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
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              Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
              Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
              Categories
              Electronic Workshops in Computing

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