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I have gone through some papers and Ph.D theses in my field but haven't found an explicit discussion about the 'research gap' in their field.

Can anyone give me an example where the author discusses their research gap in detail?

For example: my working domain is 'Networking' and the gap I am addressing is about precise time synchronization requirements. How can I write this in a convincing way that raises it to an issue that should be addressed?

I have got a comment from a reviewer where the reviewer says,

One thing I was wondering while reading: If the time synchronization is such a big issue as described in the paper, why is it rarely mentioned as an issue in other experimental papers.

So I need to address his comment by explicitly saying that, it is the 'research gap' I worked on to cover on that paper. Although the significance, benefits, and others are well mentioned in the paper. But somewhere in the paper, I have to demand that this is 'research/knowledge gap' where work needs to do.

The expression that I have adopted so far:

Until now, there has been little work [references] in specifying or detailing the importance of time synchronization and the stringent timing requirements for Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks. In its underline reason we believe, as the time, time quality and synchronization techniques in VANET have been adopted straightforward by following the WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) standards, it gets the impression of settling down with the achieved developments already in WLAN. But WLAN is an infrastructure centered asynchronous network where the Access Points (APs) are fixed infrastructures that enable and support routing and communication among low mobility wireless nodes. Such networks are not time critical; therefore, neither precise time synchronization is required nor be achieved due to the message transmission and various layer level delays of the system. Compared with that, VANET consists of both infrastructure based (V2I) and ad-hoc based (V2V) communication. This two sets of communication make the system more challenging. VANET is also exclusively time critical due to its unique characteristics such as high mobility, ad-hoc based dynamic topology, and bandwidth constraint. Road efficiency and life depend on the successful deployment of any such networks. Hence, the synchronization issues in VANET need to be explored in details are discussed in this section.

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  • Can you be clearer? Are you asking for examples where an author discusses research gaps? – Frank FYC Sep 19 '17 at 4:32
  • Maybe this can also help. Further, any academic writing guidelines may also help. – Fida Hasan Sep 19 '17 at 4:34
  • I have got a comment from a reviewer where he says, "One thing I was wondering while reading: If the time synchronization is such a big issue as described in the paper, why is it rarely mentioned as an issue in other experimental papers." So, I need to address it by explicitly saying in my paper that, it is the 'research gap' I worked on. Although, the significance, benefits, and others are well mentioned in the paper. But somewhere in the paper I have to demand that this is 'research/knowledge gap' where work need to do. – Fida Hasan Sep 19 '17 at 4:38
  • I've suggested an edit, feel free to approve or disapprove. – Frank FYC Sep 19 '17 at 4:39
  • As for your edit, you don't need to specify the edit, just edit the original question. – Frank FYC Sep 19 '17 at 4:46
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I have not written an expansive issue such as a Ph.D paper or article. But here is how I would approach the problem:

  1. Identify the current literature on the topic in question, in effect a literature review. Is the gap even a gap? Was there discussion in the past, but not now? Depending on your findings then you can claim that

Based on my findings, I believe that there is a gap based on the following...

  1. How would you approach in measuring/defining/articulating this gap? Is this a conceptual gap that is not discussed in detail, therefore there is not sufficient interest in it, or it was stipulated as a closed-case?

Based on John Smith, et.al, this [topic] was discussed in length and defined as the following... using these metrics I introduce an alternative means of measuring its effects and impact on the field...

  1. What do you ultimately wish to do once you identified the problem? Procure more research funding, collaborate with experts?
  • There have some related works where from I brought my arguments. But they are few. However, I will implement a synchronization solution, is the prime goal. Therefore, the structure would be, arguments for tym sync(from related few works), and tym sync implementation. In between, I need to address the reviewers comment. – Fida Hasan Sep 19 '17 at 11:13

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