The purpose of a critical review of a journal article is to describe the general nature of the work. The critical review should summarize, analyze and evaluate the journal article.
The review usually has three main parts:
Reviews should begin with a full bibliographic citation (author, date, title of journal article, name of journal, volume, issue, and pages). Relevant biographical information about the author's qualifications can also be included.
Define the general subject/problem/research areas, the scope (what the author intends to discuss and why), and the central idea. Summarize the author's major findings and conclusions.
In this section, you must analyze the various parts of the article thoughtfully and carefully so that you can establish its strengths and weaknesses. Considering both strengths and weaknesses allows you to explore the article more thoroughly and evaluate it more persuasively by presenting a balanced view.
Consider the following questions; however, not all will be appropriate for every article.
Your critical review should be coherent and permit the reader to go smoothly from one part to another. You do not need to use subheadings for the various sections; instead, use transitions between sentences and paragraphs to give continuity.