I subscribe to the tag, whose description is this:

"Survey" or "review" articles are academic publications that organize and summarize the current state of research on a given topic in a novel way that integrates and adds understanding to work in the field. For questions related to the peer-review process, use the 'peer-review' tag instead.

Despite this explanation (which many people, especially new posters, apparently never get around to reading), maybe as many as 50% of the questions with that tag actually pertain to peer reviewing and have nothing to do with literature review articles.

Hence, I propose to rename the tag , which I think should be more explicit in communicating the correct intention of the tag. In that case, I also propose deleting the tag; that is, not leaving it as a synonym, since that would perpetuate the confusion.

If this makes sense, then could someone with the right permissions please make the change?


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I just wanted to comment regarding logistics: the best way to rename a tag is

  • post on meta to find out if the community supports or is opposed to the tag renaming.
  • if there is community support, moderators will "merge" the tag which effectively renames it.

It's generally not recommended to just start adding or replacing the tag manually, especially for a tag with many questions. (1) This can be confusing for people who are new ("what is the difference between these tags, which should I use for my question on a survey paper?") or who are used to the old tag schema. (2) It also bumps a bunch of questions to the top of the home page, which some people don't like.

(For reason #1, I have renamed the back to for now. Once there is agreement on a new name for the tag, and the need for it, a moderator can rename again.)

  • Thanks for the clarification and correction.
    – Tripartio
    Jul 3, 2018 at 14:55

Less than two weeks ago, I implemented a similar renaming: Before, there was only ; now, there is a synonym . While this tag was blatantly misapplied on a daily basis before (I subscribed to the tag just to remove it), it has not happened since then. This shows two things:

  • Renaming the tag is indeed effective.

  • Only the master tag matters – very likely because this is what is shown when typing research into the tag field when asking a new question (best try for yourself).

I also second Federico Poloni’s comment that abbreviations should be avoided in tags.

I thus suggest to have the following tag structure:

  • I've revised my original question to remove the abbreviation.
    – Tripartio
    Jul 1, 2018 at 13:39

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