What is a standard way of notating sub-hypotheses? Should it be H1, H1b, H1c?

I’m revising a paper for a French author, and she’s written them with bis and ter, as in:

H1 (“cultural assimilation” hypothesis). Immigrants of Asian descent ... [then]

H1bis. The aforementioned effect is stronger ... [then]

H1ter ... .

I’ve never seen that before, but then again, there are a lot of things I haven’t seen.

  • Bis, ter, and so on sound like part of a Latinate number system. This might be favored by certain (Francophone) authors, but it is rare overall, as your unfamiliarity with it shows (it looks semitransparent to me because I had to study Latin way back in high school). I personally favor H1 for the main hypothesis and then H1a, H1b... for subhypotheses (and even H1ai, H1aii... for sub-subhypotheses, although whether you need to go that deep down is a different issue). – Koldito Jul 27 '16 at 8:16
  • In my field (social sciences), H1a, H1b, H1c is standard. Some use H1.1, H1.2 and so on, which is also widely accepted. – damian Jul 27 '16 at 8:41
  • Okay, so just to confirm: The main hypothesis is H1 and the first sub-hypothesis is H1a, followed by H1b, etc.? – Matt Jul 27 '16 at 8:44
  • Yes, that's OK. – damian Jul 27 '16 at 9:14
  • Okay, cool. I know that's exactly what Koldito said, but wanted a second opinion. ... I appreciate the help. It's not an easy thing to Google. – Matt Jul 27 '16 at 9:52

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