I'm looking through the different types of literature review (scoping, systematic, etc) and I can't quite find the type that fits what I'm trying to do.

I've created an app to help with a particular brand of addiction, which is quite niche - in fact, there only seems to have been one RCT done on this type of addiction. However, there is a substantial number of other apps on the market (hundreds), but none of these have been validated in the literature. I would like to summarize the different types of app that are available for this addiction, critique these apps, and suggest some improvements that can be at least partially fulfilled by my app.

A systematic review seems like it would provide too many results, plus it would only produce results for apps that aren't in the literature. A scoping review seems more appropriate, but by definition, a scoping review seems to be focussed on the literature also, rather than applications in the market.

What type of review should I perform? I am researching this from an almost entrepreneurial point of view - I want to make my app fit a gap in the market (which I believe it does), but I also want to find where there are weaknesses in the current selection of apps, so we can fix them over time through research.

Thanks a lot!

  • If you are not writing about and summarizing other scientific papers, your article is not a review but original research.
    – Louic
    Jan 14 at 9:03
  • Welcome to Academia SE! This is a very interesting project, but as another comment mentions, it is not a literature review. A literature review reviews the scholarly literature on a topic. Since there is so little for your topic, you explained that you want to focus on reviewing the apps that exist. So, your project is an app review. That said, I understand your desire to want to use literature review methods to assure a rigorous app review. Unfortunately, that is outside the scope of this site.
    – Tripartio
    Jan 14 at 17:11
  • What is RCT? Define all abbreviations. What discipline is this?
    – VitaminE
    Jan 15 at 5:51
  • Randomized Control Trial, and the discipline is statistics/psychology.
    – Piethon
    Jan 15 at 7:35