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Search Strategy to Update Systematic Literature Reviews in Software Engineering
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.
Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana, BRA.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, BRA.
2019 (English)In: Proceedings - 45th Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA 2019, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2019, p. 355-362Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

[Context] Systematic Literature Reviews (SLRs) have been adopted within the Software Engineering (SE) domain for more than a decade to provide meaningful summaries of evidence on several topics. Many of these SLRs are now outdated, and there are no standard proposals on how to update SLRs in SE. [Objective] The goal of this paper is to provide recommendations on how to best to search for evidence when updating SLRs in SE. [Method] To achieve our goal, we compare and discuss outcomes from applying different search strategies to identifying primary studies in a previously published SLR update on effort estimation. [Results] The use of a single iteration forward snowballing with Google Scholar, and employing the original SLR and its primary studies as a seed set seems to be the most cost-effective way to search for new evidence when updating SLRs. [Conclusions] The recommendations can be used to support decisions on how to update SLRs in SE. © 2019 IEEE.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2019. p. 355-362
Keywords [en]
Searching for evidence!, Snowballing, Software Engineering, Systematic Literature Review Update, Systematic Literature Reviews, Cost effectiveness, Iterative methods, Cost effective, Effort Estimation, Google scholar, Search strategies, Searching for evidence, Seed set, Systematic literature review, Application programs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-19050DOI: 10.1109/SEAA.2019.00061Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076019859ISBN: 9781728132853 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-19050DiVA, id: diva2:1381700
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45th Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA, Kallithea, Chalkidiki; Greece, 28 August 2019 through 30 August 2019
Available from: 2019-12-27 Created: 2019-12-27 Last updated: 2019-12-27Bibliographically approved

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