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On the reliability of mapping studies in software engineering
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Systems and Software, ISSN 0164-1212 , Vol. 86, no 10, 2594-2610 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Systematic literature reviews and systematic mapping studies are becoming increasingly common in software engineering, and hence it becomes even more important to better understand the reliability of such studies. Objective: This paper presents a study of two systematic mapping studies to evaluate the reliability of mapping studies and point out some challenges related to this type of study in software engineering. Method: The research is based on an in-depth case study of two published mapping studies on software product line testing. Results: We found that despite the fact that the two studies are addressing the same topic, there are quite a number of differences when it comes to papers included and in terms of classification of the papers included in the two mapping studies. Conclusions: From this we conclude that although mapping studies are important, their reliability cannot simply be taken for granted. Based on the findings we also provide four conjectures that further research has to address to make secondary studies (systematic mapping studies and systematic literature reviews) even more valuable to both researchers and practitioners.

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Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 86, no 10, 2594-2610 p.
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Software Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6850DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.04.076ISI: 000324564100009Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo8B3664BF77265159C1257B940045D204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6850DiVA: diva2:834398
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Review of reviews; Software product lines; Software testing; Systematic literature review; Systematic mapping studyAvailable from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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