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Writing for Synthesis of Evidence in Empirical Software Engineering
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context: Systematic literature reviews have become common in software engineering in the last decade, but challenges remain. Goal: Given the challenges, the objective is to describe improvement areas in writing primary studies, and hence provide a good basis for researchers aiming at synthesizing research evidence in a specific area. Method: The results presented are based on a literature review with respect to synthesis of research results in software engineering with a particular focus on empirical software engineering. The literature review is complemented and exemplified with experiences from conducting systematic literature reviews and working with research methodologies in empirical software engineering. Results: The paper presents three areas where improvements are needed to become more successful in synthesizing empirical evidence. These three areas are: terminology, paper content and reviewing. Conclusion: It is concluded that it must be possible to improve the primary studies, but it requires that researchers start having synthesis in mind when writing their research papers.

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Torino, Italy: ACM , 2014.
Keyword [en]
Systematic literature reviews, research synthesis, systematic mapping studies, research methodology, guidelines, evidence
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Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6473DOI: 10.1145/2652524.2652559Local ID: 978-1-4503-2774-9OAI: diva2:833986
International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM)
Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement Article No. 46Available from: 2014-12-17 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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