6 Types of Research Gaps in the Literature Review
Research gaps are untapped/Less explored research areas or research topics having good scope for further research.
Different Types of Research Gaps in the Literature Review
Research gap can be classified into seven categories (Robinson, et al., (2011), Muller-Bloch, & Kranz (2015), and Miles (2017)
1. Evidence gap
An evidence gap is type of research gap where there is no evidence to address the research problem or insufficient evidence to address the research problem.
2. Knowledge gap/Practical-Knowledge gap
A knowledge gap is a type of research gap where Knowledge may not exist in the actual field. Or it might be insufficient knowledge of a study that differs from what was expected from a specific research study
A practical Knowledge gap is a type of research gap where When professional practice/practical knowledge of research area/research topic deviate from already conducted research reports/findings
Methodology gap is type of research gap where a new research method or distinction in already available research methods is needed to accurate results and new research insights.
The empirical gap is type of research gap where Research findings need to be evaluated or empirically verified.
Theory gap is type of research gap where theory need to be applied in addressing certain research issues to get new research insights. Lack of theoretical research and knowledge leads to generate theoretical gap in research.
Population gap is type of research gap that deals with a population which is not adequately depicted /researched in the prior research. For example age bracket of specific geographical zone with reference to any specific disease or role of ant specific race in disease epidemic
In this way we do sum up different types of research gaps in the literature review. Morover if you are interested in finding a research gap for your thesis or research paper you can check relevant article below.