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.