Q: Can I publish an article that is written by compiling existing literature?
If you wish to compile existing literature in your field into a single article, you can write a literature review article. A literature review is a critical summary of all the published works on a particular topic. Most research papers include a section on literature review as part of the introduction. However, a literature review can also be published as a standalone article. It helps readers form an idea about the current state of understanding on a topic and decide whether to read each article individually. Such articles are extremely useful for both new researchers and busy scientists to keep abreast of developments in the field, find gaps in research, and identify new research areas.