Review Articles

Please note: The following information is intended for faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and others who work for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

What are review articles?

Review articles give an overview of existing literature in a field, often identifying specific problems or issues and analyzing information from available published work on the topic with a balanced perspective. These manuscripts are considered as secondary literature and can be a particularly efficient way for early career researchers to begin publishing.

Review articles can be of three types, broadly speaking:

  • literature reviews
  • systematic reviews
  • meta-analyses

Review articles are usually long, with the maximum word limit being 3,000 to 5,000 or more, depending on the journal. Some journals also publish short reviews.

Types of manuscripts