Unlocking the Path to Success: Tips for Becoming a Strong Researcher and Getting Published

Becoming a good researcher and getting published are two goals that go hand in hand. To succeed as a researcher, it is essential to both conduct rigorous research and communicate your findings effectively. Conducting rigorous research To conduct research, you will go through stages including: Below are some tools and training courses available via the…

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A Step Forward Towards Open Access: The RGC Publication Gateway

The concept of Open Access (OA) in scholarly research community seeks collaborative efforts from different stakeholders to grant free and open online access permanently to academic information, such as journal article publication and research data, etc. As a major academic research funder in Hong Kong, the Research Grants Council (RGC) revealed its 5-year roadmap of…

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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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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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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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Event Summary – Open Science and Open Access Publishing: Integrity and Innovations 

The Open Science and Open Access Publishing: Integrity and Innovations event was a great success with around 150 researchers, students, editors, and librarians from countries across the Asia-Pacific region! Organised by HKU Libraries and supported by iGroup Asia Pacific, PLOS, and DOAJ, the event was held on 28 Oct 2022 at 2-4 pm. The speakers…

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Open Science and Open Access Publishing Webinar 2022

The HKU Libraries is organizing a webinar regarding Open Science and Open Access Publishing on 28 October 2022 (Friday) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Hong Kong time). Guest speakers from iGroup Asia Pacific, PLOS, and DOAJ are invited to deliver speeches related to open sciences and best practices in open access publishing. The event…

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