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I am thinking about starting a research to publish in a peer reviewed journal. However, I wonder if a literature review is a research paper. According to the link below it is. For instance, if I wrote a paper about EU-Russia affairs in a form of literature review, would it have a chance to be published?

http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/res5e_ch09_s1-0009.html

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What do you mean by a "research paper"? If you mean any scholarly publication, then a literature review could certainly count. If you mean original research, then that by definition doesn't include a literature review (which is more of an expository or survey paper). –  Anonymous Mathematician May 14 at 2:43

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Literature reviews, often referred to by journals as just "Reviews" can and are their own form of research paper. My very first publication was a review like this, so it's clearly possible.

How viable a paper like that is will probably depend on the conventions of your field. For example, mine generally requires that these "expert reviews" (in contrast to a meta-analysis or systematic review) be solicited by the editor, not cold submitted. That involves shopping your manuscript around a little to see if anyone is willing to "invite" it, having a senior person backing you who can prompt a colleague to invite it, or finding a journal who accepts cold submitted reviews.

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That's not the topic I'm going to write. I wan only an example. Thanks for your answer. 'expert reviews' are good idea. –  Serhat May 13 at 19:13

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