An Agenda for Open Science in Communication

Tobias Dienlin*, Niklas Johannes, Nicholas David Bowman, Philipp K Masur, Sven Engesser, Anna Sophie Kümpel, Josephine Lukito, Lindsey M Bier, Renwen Zhang, Benjamin K Johnson, Richard Huskey, Frank M Schneider, Johannes Breuer, Douglas A Parry, Ivar Vermeulen, Jacob T Fisher, Jaime Banks, René Weber, David A Ellis, Tim SmitsJames D Ivory, Sabine Trepte, Bree McEwan, Eike Mark Rinke, German Neubaum, Stephan Winter, Christopher J Carpenter, Nicole Krämer, Sonja Utz, Julian Unkel, Xiaohui Wang, Brittany I Davidson, Nuri Kim, Andrea Stevenson Won, Emese Domahidi, Neil A Lewis, Claes de Vreese

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the last 10 years, many canonical findings in the social sciences appear unreliable. This so-called “replication crisis” has spurred calls for open science practices, which aim to increase the reproducibility, replicability, and generalizability of findings. Communication research is subject to many of the same challenges that have caused low replicability in other fields. As a result, we propose an agenda for adopting open science practices in Communication, which includes the following seven suggestions: (1) publish materials, data, and code; (2) preregister studies and submit registered reports; (3) conduct replications; (4) collaborate; (5) foster open science skills; (6) implement Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines; and (7) incentivize open science practices. Although in our agenda we focus mostly on quantitative research, we also reflect on open science practices relevant to qualitative research. We conclude by discussing potential objections and concerns associated with open science practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number1
Early online date17 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

User-Defined Keywords

  • Communication
  • Open Science
  • Preregistration
  • Registered Reports
  • Replicability
  • Reproducibility


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