Currently, various research groups are dedicated to conducting systematic reviews, as they are considered original works. But could a lab survive solely on them in a country with competitive science?

Systematic reviews
carlos marcelo scavuzzo
 Many research groups conduct systematic review analyses, but a major issue is related to funding. Publishing a paper in a high-impact journal can increase its citations. However, in reality, review articles do not play a significant role in securing funds for the lab. 

In a country with highly competitive science, it may be challenging for a lab to survive and thrive if it relies solely on conducting systematic reviews without engaging in experimental or applied research. Here are some key points to consider:

1. **Research Performance Evaluation:**
   - Research performance is typically assessed based on the diversity and quality of research activities. While systematic reviews are valuable and considered original works, they may not be sufficient alone to secure sustainable funding and institutional support.

2. **Funding and Financial Support:**
   - Most funding agencies, whether governmental or private, tend to support research that includes experimental studies and practical applications, as these provide direct contributions to scientific knowledge and practical innovations.

3. **Contribution to Innovation:**
   - A lab focused solely on systematic reviews may be seen as less innovative compared to those conducting original experimental research. Innovation often drives funding and recognition in competitive scientific environments.

4. **Collaborations and Networking:**
   - Engaging in a variety of research activities, including both systematic reviews and original research, can enhance a lab's reputation and lead to more collaborative opportunities with other researchers and institutions.

In summary, while systematic reviews are important and can significantly contribute to the scientific community, a lab's long-term survival and success in a competitive scientific landscape likely depend on a balanced approach that includes a mix of systematic reviews and experimental research.
Bhoj R Singh
No, but I know several so-called renowned peers and scientists who built their long careers on reviewing work only and they are successful even after retirement. And now meta-analytical research is a kind of systematic review followed by analysis and is coming in a big way several labs are sustaining on meta-analytical research.
Dr. Asif Mahmood
Dr. Taj Mohammad
No, systematic review may not be relevant in the absence of clinical trials.

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