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I am looking some papers published in IEEE which start with titles:

  • A Survey of IOT
  • Cloud Computing - A Survey

Are these also known as review papers? In other words, are they based on literature review or literature survey?

How does IEEE differentiate them?

Would you do a "literature review" for writing such survey papers? This is really confusing.

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  • What data do they show? What references? – Solar Mike Jan 9 '18 at 7:10
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    Survey is review of a field, so to say. So, literature review + lots of experience. But what's your actual question? – Oleg Lobachev Jan 9 '18 at 8:33
  • My question is about the confusing use of terms "survey" and "review" paper. Even when a paper says it's a survey on something, it is actually seems like a review. But in general I consider a survey to be shorter, lighter than a review. When applied to research papers it seems there's only a literature review. A research paper that says "A Survey on blah blah" is 25-30 pages and includes over 100 citations. So, If I am correct I should be doing a literature review even when I call the paper a survey? – cpx Jan 9 '18 at 9:35
  • You should look at the list of issues and their tables of contents of the ACM Computing Surveys journal. Nothing "light" about those papers and issues. – E. Douglas Jensen Jan 12 '18 at 17:20

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