I am editing a dissertation that has a single research question with multiple subquestions, and where every question has a null and alternative hypotheses. The current numbering and lettering scheme looks like this:
RQ SQ1 SQ2 SQ3 Ho H1o H2o H3o Ha H1a H2a H3a
An anonymous reviewer (name and role unknown) insists that the RQ must be numbered, even though there is only one RQ.
The reviewer offered no suggestions, and I was unable to find guidance in the APA manual, in the university's style guide, or by searching online such as at Purdue OWL on how to number for this specific situation.
- Is it feasible to use RQ0, as in:
RQ0 SQ1 SQ2 SQ3 H0o H1o H2o H3o H0a H1a H2a H3a
- If it's not feasible, then we could abandon the subquestions, and bump all questions "up" to RQ, which (to me) seems an unnecessary and misleading contrivance.
RQ1 RQ2 RQ3 RQ4 H1o H2o H3o H4o H1a H2a H3a H4a
So what would be another feasible solution?