Open Science, Closed Doors? Countering Marginalization through an Agenda for Ethical, Inclusive Research in Communication

Jesse Fox*, Katy E. Pearce, Adrienne L. Massanari, Julius Matthew Riles, Łukasz Szulc, Yerina S. Ranjit, Filippo Trevisan, Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano, Jessica Vitak, Payal Arora, Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, Meryl Alper, Andrew Gambino, Carmen Gonzalez, Teresa Lynch, Lillie D. Williamson, Amy L. Gonzales

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Abstract

The open science (OS) movement has advocated for increased transparency in certain aspects of research. Communication is taking its first steps toward OS as some journals have adopted OS guidelines codified by another discipline. We find this pursuit troubling as OS prioritizes openness while insufficiently addressing essential ethical principles: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Some recommended open science practices increase the potential for harm for marginalized participants, communities, and researchers. We elaborate how OS can serve a marginalizing force within academia and the research community, as it overlooks the needs of marginalized scholars and excludes some forms of scholarship. We challenge the current instantiation of OS and propose a divergent agenda for the future of Communication research centered on ethical, inclusive research practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764–784
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume71
Issue number5
Early online date1 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Open Science
  • Marginalization
  • Discrimination
  • Inequality
  • Research Ethics
  • Social Identity
  • Ethical Research Practices
  • Research Risks
  • Open Data
  • Reidentification

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