There has been widespread debate about the role and purpose of reviews of research.
Advocates of systematic reviewing argue that traditional, scholarly reviews of research have
been unclear about how and why particular studies have been included in the review.
turn systematic reviewing has been criticised. Debate at the BERA 2004 conference was
followed by two seminars organised under the auspices of TLRP which continued the
discussion and mapped the arguments. A further symposium at BERA 2005 led to TLRP
sponsorship of this document which is intended to offer greater clarity about the purpose
of different forms of review.