Reference-based search strategies in systematic reviews

Per Runeson, Mats Skoglund

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In systematic reviews, the number of articles found by search strings tend to be very large. In order to limit the number of articles to handle manually, we investigate a search strategy based on references between papers. We first identify a “take-off paper” which is the starting point for the search and then we follow the references from that paper. We also investigate “cardinal papers”, i.e. papers that are referenced by many authors, and let the references to those papers guide the selection in the systematic review. We evaluate the search strategies on three published systematic reviews. The results vary greatly between the three studied systematic reviews, from 88% reduction to 92% extension of the original paper set.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
EditorsDavid Budgen
PublisherBritish Computer Society (BCS)
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventEASE 2009: Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, 2009 - Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 2009 Apr 202009 Apr 21


ConferenceEASE 2009: Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Computer Science


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