I am testing a mediation model. In the model I am controlling for 2 variables that have been previously shown to have an effect on the outcome. I want to show that relations hold controlling for the covariates (which I found that it is the case).
My question is -- Do I need to report the total effects or will it be okay to report paths a to b and b to c as in mediation?
I struggle if to report the total effect given my research question. I initially submitted a paper with the total effects in, but I need to resubmit it with a word limit and I thought the total effects is something I can cut out. Please advise if this is okay to do.