Volume 5 of The Open Review goes back to its roots with a call to arms for new authors to be heard. ‘Opening Doors: Creating Space for Early Career Researchers’ features TOR’s custom wide range of empirical and conceptual subject matter, from factors influencing developments in the institution of early marriage to the impact of personal freedom on innovation in societies. Including reflections on research from Afghanistan, first-time conference attendance in the USA, and an appeal for the researcher to consider themselves ethically, 2019’s edition grounds itself in the who we are and what we do of entering academia.