Celebrate the Open Access Week 2023 with HKU Libraries

The International Open Access Week is organized by SPARC in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee every year, aiming to provide an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn what the potential benefits of Open Access (OA) are, to share what they have learned or their own experience engaging in Open Access, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

This year, the theme of the Open Access Week 2023 is “Community over Commercialization”. This theme encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not. It, at the same time, stresses the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems, leading us to discuss the concerns arising from the current commercialized model in scholarly publishing.

Celebrating the International Open Access Week 2023 from 23 – 29 October, the HKU Libraries is hosting a series of events in relation to Open Access. It does not matter if you are familiar with the topic or not. Just come and join us in our celebration programmes to get to know the concepts, learn about our OA publishing supporting services, or discuss and share your thoughts on the latest trends of the global OA movements. You are invited!

Seminar Series

[Seminar 1]
Towards Equity and Excellence – HKU Libraries’ Journey to Support Open Science

Date: 24 October 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Hong Kong Time / GMT +8)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Target audience: HKU staff & students
Speaker: Ms. Fanny Liu, Engineering Librarian, The HKU Libraries
Seminar descriptions are available here.

[Seminar 2]
“Peer Community In” is the future of science: Empowering authors and community with moving to diamond open access and community initiatives

Date: 26 October 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (Hong Kong Time / GMT +8)
Delivery mode: Hybrid (both face-to-face and online)
Venue: Multi-purpose Zone, Level 3, Main Library, HKU / Online via Zoom

Target audience: All researchers, students, and academic community members in Hong Kong and worldwide who are interested in OA are welcome. Please feel free to invite your classmates, colleagues, collaborators and friends to come!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gilad Feldman, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong
Full abstract is available here.

Register now on our event webpage and save the date!


[Social media]
A concept a day gets you on your way to O.A.

One word or concept related to Open Access will be shared on our Facebook and Instagram pages everyday during the week.  Follow us now to get ready!


By the end of the week, you should be able to gain knowledge of the global Open Access movement and how you could be supported by the Libraries in OA publishing.

[Event Webpage]
Challenge Accepted: Be an Open Access Master 

If you have already learned what Open Access is and how you could benefit from OA, why not try to test your knowledge of Open Access?

At the end of the week, you could challenge yourself by participating in our Open Access Master Challenge! Stay tuned for the challenges!

The programmes will start next week! Come and join us. We look forward to seeing you!