Nigg JT. Editorial: Writing (and reading) Research Reviews in child psychology and psychiatry - principles and practice, opportunities and pitfalls. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2012;53(7):723-25
The author, the Research Reviews Editor for The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP), describes some kinds of review outlets published by the journal. One of it is the Research Reviews: they are short reviews intended to fill a certain needed niche in one of the journal's fields of interest. As these reviews don't pretend to be comprehensive, they require clear conceptual framing, methodological explanation of how topics and literature are selected for citation and discussion, and skillful recognition of important but not-reviewed aspects of topic literature. Essays in areas in which there is very little current literature, but unusual potential and importance, represent a second type of review.