In the field of research, scope and limitations refers to parameters that prevent researchers from pursuing further studies due to time and budgetary constraints. Some researchers must explore a subject area and find results within a specific period of time. Having a time limit is a limitation because it excludes the opportunity for individuals to make further discoveries in their subject areas, which influences the amount of information that can be relayed to an audience.
Factors such as time and monetary constraints affect research in various ways. Having limited amounts of either parameter may reduce the resources available to researchers, which can lessen the credibility and quality of work products. Often these factors and other variables cannot be controlled due to external circumstances, but can sometimes be minimized.