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Tool Features to Support Systematic Reviews in Software Engineering: A Cross Domain Study

Abstract

Context: Previously, the authors had developed and evaluated a framework to evaluate systematic
review (SR) lifecycle tools.
Goal: The goal of this study was to use the experiences of researchers in other domains to further
evaluate and refine the evaluation framework.
Method: The authors investigated the opinions of researchers with experience of systematic
reviews in the healthcare and social sciences domains.
They used semi-structured interviews to elicit their experiences of systematic reviews and SR
support tools.
Results: Study participants found broadly the same problems as software engineering (SE)
researchers with the SR process. They agreed with the tool features included in the evaluation
framework. Furthermore, although there were some differences, the majority of the importance
assessments were very close.
Conclusions: In the context of SRs, the experiences of researchers in other domains can be useful
to software engineering researchers. The evaluation framework for SR lifecycle tools appeared quite
robust

Citation

(2018). Tool Features to Support Systematic Reviews in Software Engineering: A Cross Domain Study. https://doi.org/10.5277/e-Inf180104

Acceptance Date Nov 12, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal e-Informatica Software Engineering Journal
Print ISSN 1897-7979
Pages 79-115
DOI https://doi.org/10.5277/e-Inf180104
Keywords software engineering, systematic review tools, cross-domain survey, qualitative analysis
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.5277/e-Inf180104


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