A layered framework for considering open science practices

Nicholas David Bowman, Justin Robert Keene

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The open science movement, although not new to social science broadly, has gained momentum recently within communication science. In response, journals in our field have begun encouraging open science practices, from data and materials sharing to submitting preregistered research reports. However, this momentum has also led to some confusion over what is and is not considered open science and what the value of open sciences practices is. In this editorial we lay out an “onion model” of open science that describes increasing levels of transparency and suggests howopen science practices can be understood less as a revolutionary concept but more as a logical extension of some of the historical pillars of scientific norms. Through thismodel, we provide tangible steps for how scholarsmay begin thinking about how to introduce open science practices into their current and future empirical efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-372
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Open science
  • Preregistered reports
  • Research ethics
  • Transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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