Chapter 11: Conducting a literature review

Most academics will use Publish or Perish to evaluate their own impact and make a case for tenure or promotion (see Chapter 7), to evaluate the work of other academics for a variety of purposes, ranging from publication awards to preparing for a job interview (see Chapter 8), in their function as academic administrator (See Chapter 9), to do incidental searches for journals or to decide which journal to submit their paper to (see Chapter 10).

However, Publish or Perish can also be used to do a quick literature review to identify the most cited articles and/or scholars in a particular field. Of course, it can also identify whether any research has been done in a particular area at all (useful for grant applications). Other applications are to evaluate the development of the literature in a particular topic over time. In this chapter, I will discuss some tips and tricks in doing literature reviews.