Beyond citations ⁠— Demonstrate your research impact with alternative metrics 

Introduction to Altmetrics  Alternative metrics (also known as altmetrics) indicate the attention of scientific outputs which are shared, mentioned, and discussed in online environments, which are derived from users’ actions on various social media platforms and other online sources (e.g., Wikipedia) [1].  Altmetric.com is a platform to find altmetrics for research outputs by tracking a…

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Avoid Falling Prey to Predatory Journals 

Predatory journals  The emergence of predatory journals (fraudulent, deceptive, or pseudo-journals), journals with deceptive and dishonest practices, has been reported in recent years [1-4]. The journals falsely claim to be offering peer review and publish all articles, regardless of their research rigor, in exchange for a fee.   Predatory journals exploit the open-access model in which…

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Extensive updates of indexed journal list on Web of Science for research integrity assurance

Clarivate announced in March 2023 that over 50 journals have been delisted from the Web of Science Core Collection in their latest update. The delisted journals failed to meet their quality criteria during the selection review.  In the current selection practice, journals are evaluated by 28 criteria, including 24 quality criteria designed to select for…

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A Review of HKU’s Research Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Introduction The QS World University Ranking evaluates universities’ contributions to global sustainability by incorporating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its methodology. QS uses a set of indicators, such as research output, academic reputation, and impact, to assess universities’ performance in each SDG, which are then combined to give an overall score for…

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HKU Libraries Supports Open Scholarship

HKU Libraries commits to promoting Open Scholarship, which includes enabling open access (OA) to research publications, research datasets, metadata, along with research workflows and other types of outputs. We believe Open Scholarship principles can strengthen research integrity, increase visibility, and enhance the impact of the University. Let’s have a look on how the Libraries supports…

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Towards a Framework to Measure Open Science Practices – PLOS Open Science Indicators

Open Science is “transparent and accessible knowledge that is shared and developed through collaborative networks” (Vicente-Saez & Martinez-Fuentes, 2018, p. 434). It encompasses emerging trends such as open code, open data, open access, and more.   PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a non-profit, open access publisher in science and medicine, and perhaps, a journal publisher…

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Top 2% Scientist by Stanford University

Stanford University has released a publicly available database of top-cited scientists, the World’s Top 2% Scientists for 2022. The ranking list is created based on the bibliometric information retrieved from Scopus as of 1 September 2022, with the data updated to the end of citation year 2021. The datasets are freely available at Elsevier Data…

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Journal submission process – What it has been & What it might become

From 31 January 2023, eLife, a peer reviewed, open-access journal in life sciences and medicine, will adopt a new “publish, review, curate” model for article publishing. There will still be the peer review process, but no more post-peer review accept/reject decisions. Instead, all papers that have undergone peer review will be published in eLife. They…

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Zotero: Managing Research Materials in a Better Way

Struggling to manage all your academic papers and still spending hours manually editing the citations and references list? Don’t worry. In this blog, we will introduce a reference management tool called Zotero, which will assist you in reading, citing, referencing, and managing academic papers more efficiently. 1. What is Zotero?  Zotero is a free, useful…

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State of Open Data 2022

The State of Open Data 2022 survey was conducted in May – July 2022, and received over 6000 responses by respondents from across different regions, in different fields of interest, and at different career stages.  Most trends are encouraging around the adoption and acceptance of open data. A majority of the respondents are, in general,…

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