Author Identifier

Paul Longley Arthur

ORCID : 0000-0002-1494-0533

Lydia Hearn

ORCID : 0000-0003-2554-156X

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Communication


Oxford University Press


School of Arts and Humanities




Edith Cowan University - Open Access Support Scheme 2021


Arthur, P. L., & Hearn, L. (2021). Toward open research: A narrative review of the challenges and opportunities for open humanities. Journal of Communication, 71(5), 827-853.


Open research represents a new set of principles and methodologies for greater cooperation, transparent sharing of findings, and access to and re-use of research data, materials or outputs, making knowledge more freely available to wider audiences for societal benefit. Yet, the future success of the international move toward open research will be dependent on key stakeholders addressing current barriers to increase uptake, effectiveness, and sustainability. This article builds on “An Agenda for Open Science in Communication,” raising dialog around the need for a broader view of open research as opposed to open science through a deeper understanding of specific challenges faced by the humanities. It reviews how the multifaceted nature of humanities research outputs make open communication formats more complex and costly. While new avenues are emerging to advance open research, there is a need for more collaborative, coordinated efforts to better connect humanities scholars with the communities they serve.



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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces