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Type: Conference paper
Title: Quality assessment of systematic reviews in software engineering: A tertiary study
Author: Zhou, Y.
Zhang, H.
Huang, X.
Yang, S.
Babar, M.
Tang, H.
Citation: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, 2015, vol.27-29-April-2015, pp.14-1-14-14
Publisher: ACM
Issue Date: 2015
Series/Report no.: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
ISBN: 9781450333504
Conference Name: 19th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE'15) (27 Apr 2015 - 29 Apr 2015 : Nanjing, China)
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You Zhou, He Zhang, Xin Huang, Song Yang, Muhammad Ali Babar, Hao Tang
Abstract: Context: The quality of an Systematic Literature Review (SLR) is as good as the quality of the reviewed papers. Hence, it is vital to rigorously assess the papers included in an SLR. There has been no tertiary study aimed at re- porting the state of the practice of quality assessment used in SLRs in Software Engineering (SE). Objective: We aimed to study the practices of quality as- sessment of the papers included in SLRs in SE. Method: We conducted a tertiary study of the SLRs that have performed quality assessment of the reviewed papers. Results: We identified and analyzed different aspects of the quality assessment of the papers included in 127 SLRs. Conclusion: Researchers use a variety of strategies for quality assessment of the papers reviewed, but report lit- tle about the justification for the used criteria. The focus is creditability but not relevance aspect of the papers. Appro- priate guidelines are required for devising quality assessment strategies.
Keywords: Systematic (Literature) Review, quality assessment, soft- ware engineering
Rights: Copyright 2015 ACM
DOI: 10.1145/2745802.2745815
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