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At what stage of research career one can write a 'review article'?

Obviously a graduate student in the beginning stages cannot/may not write one. But how experienced does one need to be before attempting to write reviews? Does authoring a number of papers in the relevant field equips one for that?

Can a graduate student publish a review article? Do acceptance of review article (for publication) depends on the reputation of the author or co-authors?

EDIT: As @JeffE has pointed out anyone can write a review article; the question is about getting this write-up published.

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Obviously a graduate student in the beginning stages cannot/may not write one.

This is news to me, given my second paper was a review that appeared in a top ranked journal in my field. At the time, I was an undergraduate student.

But how experienced does one need to be before attempting to write reviews? Does authoring a number of papers in the relevant field equips one for that?

Authoring a number of papers can help you develop a reputation, but reading a number of papers is how you understand the field as a whole. The process for the literature review chapter of a dissertation and the process for writing a review are very, very similar.

Similarly, there is no reason why a graduate student could not write a meta-analysis or systematic review. Indeed, in my graduate program, this was a common first or second paper.

Can a graduate student publish a review article? Do acceptance of review article (for publication) depends on the reputation of the author or co-authors?

Often, review papers have to be invited, and this can depend on the reputation of a co-author, or an advisor that makes sure it makes its way to an editor's desk.