Developmental Psychology is one of my favorite journals (you can find a paper there that Dr. Schmitt and I wrote together!) !
Take another look for the estimated review time. You can get a sense of this on the publications themselves. At the end of each publication after the References, you will find that it reports submission date, revision and acceptance dates. This can help give you a general idea of the timeline by looking at a few of these.
Let's take a look at your hypothesis:
Older adults will exhibit shorter attention spans compared to younger individuals due to age-related cognitive decline
You DO include the variables AGE and ATTENTION (notice I put them in the matching color).
However, you also included an explanation: " due to age-related cognitive decline". What you wrote is the start of what is called a Conceptual Hypothesis, where as part of your hypothesis you also include the reasoning behind or leading up to your hypothesis. Conceptual hypotheses include citations and are a bit longer with detail to support your reasoning. We are writing what is closer to an Operational Hypothesis, where we are only including what we are actually measuring. The best operational hypotheses include the actual way the variables are being measured. So, for example:
Older adults will exhibit shorter attention spans compared to younger adults as measured by the time spent on the X task.
We can also write general hypotheses, without specific measurements but with clear variables:
H1: Older adults will exhibit shorter attention spans compared to younger adults.
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The Journal Name (and link to the website)
The Journal selected is called Developmental Psychology published by the American Psychological Association. Here is the link https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/dev
The review process (Is it refereed? Is there an editor decision? Is the length of time the review may take reported?)
The Developmental Psychology journal, published by the American Psychological Association, follows a rigorous peer-review process, affirming its reliability. This process entails subjecting submitted manuscripts to evaluation by field experts, ensuring the quality and credibility of the research articles. Moreover, the journal's website typically offers comprehensive information regarding the review process, including submission guidelines and expected timelines for the review. Such transparency further enhances the trustworthiness of this journal, making research articles published in Emotion a suitable choice for academic literature reviews. This well-defined review procedure and the journal's affiliation with a reputable institution contribute to its credibility as a valuable source for scholarly research.
In the typical peer-review process of academic journals, including the Developmental Psychology journal published by the American Psychological Association, there is often an additional step after peer review. This step involves the office of the editor, Koraly Pérez-Edgar, making a final decision regarding whether to accept or reject the submitted manuscript. The editor has posted decisions that consider the feedback and recommendations provided by the peer reviewers and may also assess the manuscript's alignment with the journal's scope and quality standards.
As for the length of time the review process may take, this information is usually provided on the journal's website, in the author guidelines, or during the submission process. However, for this journal, the review process is continuous as articles are published monthly.
The Impact Factor
The Impact Factor of 4 for the Developmental Psychology journal, signifies that, on average, articles published in this journal have been cited 4 times within the specific year under consideration. Research quality, relevance to your topic, and alignment with the research goals are equally vital considerations (Irene, 2007).
Decision on whether or not research articles published in the journal are acceptable to use for an academic literature review and why.
With a moderate Impact Factor of 4, Developmental Psychology journal demonstrates a respectable level of influence, suggesting that articles published therein are recognized within the academic community. The decision to use research articles from this journal for a literature review also involve a careful evaluation of the individual articles' content, methodology, and their contribution to your research objectives.
Research questions and hypotheses
Understanding the process of research creation is fundamental for anyone engaging in academic inquiry (Bordens & Abbot, 2022). This knowledge empowers researchers to navigate the intricate world of research reports and articles effectively. Chapter 4 of the textbook, "Getting Ideas for Research," serves as a vital starting point. It emphasizes the importance of well-crafted research questions and hypotheses, which are the cornerstone of any meaningful research endeavor.
Research questions and hypotheses are typically products of comprehensive literature reviews, ensuring they are informed by existing knowledge and addressing gaps in understanding (Burkholder et al., 2019). However, as an exercise, let me connect the variables "Age" and "Attention" to craft an example:
Research Question: How does age influence attention span in individuals across the lifespan?
Testable Hypothesis: Older adults will exhibit shorter attention spans compared to younger individuals due to age-related cognitive decline.
While this simplified example provides a foundation, real-world research questions and hypotheses would require a more extensive literature review and precise formulation. Nonetheless, grasping the process of constructing these critical elements is essential for conducting rigorous and impactful research.
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Bordens, K. S., & Abbott, B. B. (2022). Research design and methods: A process approach (11th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill
Burkholder, G. J., Cox, K. A., Crawford, L. M., & Hitchcock, J. H. (2019). Research design and methods: An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner. SAGE Publications, Incorporated.
Irene, H. ( 2007). Peer review and manuscript management in scientific journals: Guidelines for Good Practice. Wiley-Blackwell.