Nanotheranostics 2018; 2(2):197-200. doi:10.7150/ntno.24793


Writing a review article - Are you making these mistakes?

Heike E. Daldrup-Link1,2,3✉

1. Department of Radiology, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
2. Department of Pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
3. Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

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An explosion of scientific publications over the last decades has increased the need for review articles: Carefully crafted scientific review articles can provide the novice reader with an overview of a new subject and provide the expert with a synthesis of scientific evidence, proof of reproducibility of published data and pooled estimates of common truth through meta-analyses. Unfortunately, while there are ample presentations and published guidelines for the preparation of scientific articles available, detailed information about how to properly prepare scientific review articles is relatively scarce. This perspective summarizes possible mistakes that can lead to misinformation in scientific review articles with the goal to help authors to improve the scientific contribution of their review article and thereby, increase the respective value of these articles for the scientific community.

Keywords: Review article, meta-analysis, reproducibility