Celebrate the Spectacular Success of Open Access Week 2023 at HKU

We are overjoyed to share the tremendous success of Open Access Week 2023 at HKU Libraries. Please join us in celebrating this remarkable achievement. It is still not too late to revisit the webinars and join a quiz to test your knowledge afterwards!

Scroll down for highlights of the event.

Open Science 101

A webinar Towards Equity and Excellence – HKU Libraries’ Journey to Support Open Science was held on 24 October 2023 (Tuesday) via Zoom.

In the session, staff members and students in the University of Hong Kong (HKU) explored the current scholarly publishing model and its issues, the mission of Open Science, related concepts under this umbrella term, and the University’s policies to support open access. Key initiatives by the University Libraries to help researchers achieve open access, such as HKU Scholars Hub, Transformative Agreements, and HKU Libraries Open Access Author Fund, were also covered. Other practices under Open Science were also discussed, including open data (HKU DataHub), code and protocol sharing, and open peer review.

Positive feedback was received from attendees, who found themselves more familiar with the concept of Open Science.

Revisit the webinar:

(HKU staff and students only; scroll down to log-in with “SSO”)

Engaging and insightful talk on the future of science

On 26 October 2023, in the seminar “Peer Community In” is the future of science: Empowering authors and community with moving to diamond open access and community initiatives, Dr. Gilad Feldman (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong) inspired the 20 on-site and 55 online participants with his experience and expertise on Open Science.

Snippet of Dr. Feldman’s presentation

The speaker discussed the striking problems with the current scholarly publishing system, including misaligned incentives, obsession with journal impact factors, the closed peer-review system, and more. The discussion continued with the solution – Open Science, ranging from planning research design, sharing materials, to publishing open access. Dr. Feldman shared a viable alternative to the current costly, non-transparent, and non-reproducible systems, namely Peer Community In (PCI, https://peercommunityin.org/), an open peer-review platform which shifts power from publishers to authors. In the past two years, his CORE team based at HKU (https://mgto.org/core-team/) submitted over 25 manuscripts to Peer Community In Registered Report, with some already published, and most already granted Stage 1 in-principle acceptance. All of those led and co-authored by early career researchers and HKU undergraduate or Master of Science students. This compelling example led to positive responses and appreciation from attendees.

While the event’s success could be measured in metrics, such as attendance and feedback, it was the intangible impact that truly set it apart. It brought together individuals in the academia from diverse backgrounds, within and beyond HKU, fostering a sense of community, inspiration, and empowerment.

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A concept a day gets you on your way to O.A.

Are you ready to embark on a journey into the inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world of Open Science, but don’t know where to start?

The social media campaign aims to introduce various key concepts related to Open Science. Scroll down to revisit the posts.

Open Access Master Challenge

After the events in Open Access Week 2023, have you become a master in Open Science?

Take the quiz below to test your knowledge!

Open Access Week 2023 created an amazing opportunity for researchers, not only at HKU, but also from various backgrounds, to join force, take action, and raise awareness around the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems, with the theme Community over Commercialization. It created a platform for collaboration, learning, and celebration of shared passions and wisdom.

We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the guests, attendees and colleagues who contributed to the success of this event.