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Research Weaving: Visualizing the Future of Research Synthesis

Abstract

We propose a new framework for research synthesis of both evidence and influence, named research weaving. It summarizes and visualizes information content, history, and networks among a collection of documents on any given topic. Research weaving achieves this feat by combining the power of two methods: systematic mapping and bibliometrics. Systematic mapping provides a snapshot of the current state of knowledge, identifying areas needing more research attention and those ready for full synthesis. Bibliometrics enables researchers to see how pieces of evidence are connected, revealing the structure and development of a field. We explain how researchers can use some or all of these tools to gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the scientific literature.

Type Journal
ISBN 1872-8383 (Electronic) 0169-5347 (Linking)
Authors Nakagawa, S.; Samarasinghe, G.; Haddaway, N. R.; Westgate, M. J.; O'Dea, R. E.; Noble, D. W. A.; Lagisz, M.
Responsible Garvan Author A/Prof Shinichi Nakagawa
Publisher Name TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION
Published Date 2019-03-31
Published Volume 34
Published Issue 3
Published Pages 224-238
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2018.11.007
URL link to publisher's version https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30580972