Steps to Identify Gaps and Limitations in Existing Research

Identifying Gaps and Limitations in Existing Research is critical to  producing quality research. Following are the steps that one could  follow to identify gaps and imitations in existing research.

Review the Proposed Limitations and Future Research Directions Section

Identify any new constructs / variables proposed that may be added to the model.

New and original contribution stems from add new  constructs to the model, new study setting is replication and not  contribution.

Do not just blindly add the variables, also search if the relationships  make sense in the context of your study and can you explain the proposed  relationship.

Do not to take variables from one single study,  another scholar may have also read the same paper and may propose a  similar study, this will waste a lot of your time.