Work out how you will structure the paper, what key points you want to highlight, and what the story is that you will be telling through your review.
Often, good review papers will include figures that combine results from the literature that you have searched through to tell readers something new, either through new, collated representations of data that show new, emergent relationships, or through new conceptual models that will help others to think about the topic in a new way and structure future research. Also think carefully about who your intended audience will be.
Aim to be concise but to back up everything you say with evidence.
Once you have this done and have asked a friendly colleague to look over it and give you feedback, you will be ready to submit the review to a good journal in your field.
More questions: I have written a few review papers, and this is my approach.
Imagine that people are reading papers when it is getting published, but I’m reading them even before publication.Once you have your question, start reading the literature to gather evidence.It is a good idea to do this in a systematic way to make sure that you are not cherry-picking the literature to support a pre-concieved idea or to favor the research of one particular group.As with any paper, aim to write clearly and in a way that will be interesting for your intended audience.Aim to write in a way that makes it easy to find and understand your key messages, even for skim-readers.First, make sure that you are an expert in the subject and aware of the recent literature on the topic you have in mind.Consider working with co-authors so that together your expertise in the area is broad and deep.Make sure that it is a journal that does publish reviews, and consider sending the editor a query first if you are not sure whether they publish reviews that have not been solicited. originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google .Over the time, you become more stable and able to give wise advice.In fact, while I’m trying my best in this process, sometimes, as an academic, I’m suffering from “bad” review on my papers.