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Researchers’ Series: Seminars and Workshops

2019/2020 Program

The Researchers’ Series is the Library’s program for researchers. It covers topics that relate to efficient management of research process in 4 themes. Some sessions are qualified for Professional Development Course for RPgs. Check the PDC System for status.






Academic Integrity & Intellectual Property (1hr 30min)

The session focuses on:

  • Judging what is plagiarism & how to avoid it
  • Differences between plagiarism and copyright violation
  • Hong Kong Copyright Law, legitimate use and fair dealing
  • HKUST Intellectual Property Policies

IDPO 6770 & PDEV 6770 A/B/E

  • 17 Feb 2020 [ Re-scheduled to 28 Feb 2020] by Victoria Caplan 
  • 20 Feb 2020 by Victoria Caplan
  • 2, 9 Mar 2020 by Gabi Wong
  • 11 Mar 2020 by Victoria Caplan
  • 6, 7 Apr 2020 by Gabi Wong
    [ Register Here ]

PDEV 6770C/D


Author Rights, Copyright & Publishing (1hr)

Publishing articles is one of the most common ways for researchers to share their results. But it can be complicated by copyright transfer agreements, funding agency requirements, etc. In this workshop we will address questions like:

  • What rights can I keep when I publish?
  • How can I use my own work after I publish?
  • What’s Open Access and does licensing relate to peer review?
  • What’s an APC (article processing charge) and is it normal?


Copyright in Education: Teaching and Research (1hr 30min) [postpone to Fall 2020]

This seminar will cover:

  • Basic concepts of copyright in Hong Kong (e.g. what is copyright? – Subsistence, ownership and duration)
  • Acts permitted in related to copyright works (in particular, education- and research-related)
  • Copyright licensing bodies in Hong Kong
  • Introduction to Creative Commons
  • 6 Mar 2020 by Ms. Emily Wong (Senior Solicitor of the Intellectual Property Department) [ postpone to Fall 2020 ]


Data Disaster Prevention (1hr)

Careful management of your research data can prevent disasters. In this workshop, you will:

  • Look at data disasters scenarios & work out causes and solutions.
  • Learn and share tips on data disaster prevention


Data Discovery & Citation Workshop (1hr)

Sharing and using research data is common across all disciplines. In this Library workshop you will learn:

  • Tips and methods for searching & finding data sets in your research area.
  • How to follow “terms of use” for data sets
  • Basics of citing data.


Data Management Plan (1hr 30min)

A data management plan (DMP) is an active document which you start writing at the early stage of your research, and continue to revise it as your research progresses. A DMP describes the data you plan to collect, intended data organization, storage and safe-keeping mechanism. It is becoming common for institutions and research funders to require researchers submit DMPs with research proposals or grant applications. In this workshop, you will:

  • Get an overview of typical DMP structure, elements and functions
  • Explore how DMP can help you manage your research
  • Write a DMP using the HKUST DMP Sandbox


Evaluating Journals with Impact Factors (1hr)

Academic journals are often rated by impact factors (JIF), which has become a widely used method for scholars and institutions to assess research quality. In this workshop, we will:

  • See what impact factors are and how they are calculated
  • Learn where to find impact factors of journals
  • Discuss the good and bad of using JIF to assess research and researchers, and explore emerging alternatives

Through understanding impact factor and its use as a proxy for research quality, you can make informed judgement when using journals as information source and for publishing your works.


How to Conduct Interdisciplinary Research – Chances an Challenges (1hr)

With the emergence of more and more interdisciplinary research fields in recent years, the work of scientific researchers is no longer confined to traditional single disciplines. Interdisciplinary studies have brought lots of excitements and collaborations, as well as more choices and opportunities in scientific research methods and article publishing. This speech will discuss some key skills in interdisciplinary research and publishing regarding the new challenges that researchers are facing:

  • How to conduct interdisciplinary research more efficiently
  • How to publish papers on interdisciplinary journals
  • How to communicate with readers who might have different research background
  • 14 Apr 2020 by Dr Tina Zhang (Associate Scientific Editor of iScience, the interdisciplinary journal published by Cell Press)


How to Publish un Premium Journal (1hr 30min)

In this webinar, Dr. Zhu (Elsevier Associate Scientific Editor) will share with you:

  • Techniques and strategies for improving the scientific writing process including tips on writing a better introduction, creating an effective abstract and analysing the results in your research paper
  • Tactics on developing papers for premium publications
  • Exploring the opportunities to broadly disseminate findings
  • Discover the Cell Press physical science portfolio of journals including newly launched titles such as Chem, Joule, Matter & One Earth
  • Outline of Cell Press’ approach to high-demand, multi-disciplinary content, and expanding OA publishing strategies at Cell Press
  • 31 Mar 2020 by Dr, Rose Zhu (Elsevier Associate Scientific Editor)


Making an Impact – Tracking Your Research Metrics (1hr 30min)

Metrics illuminate the impact of your research outputs. Promotion and tenure committees, funders, advisors, research team leaders and potential collaborators are all interested in information about impact. In this session, you will learn more about research metrics and tools for assessing your research impact.

  • What are Research Metrics?
  • Types of Research Metrics
  • Using Research Metrics
  • Tracking Research Metrics
  • Researcher Profiles


Practicing Research Data Management (1hr 30min)

Active management of your research data helps you keep your research progress on track and accountable.

This workshop introduces:

  • What open data and FAIR data is
  • Good practices from creating and organizing data, documentation, to preserving and sharing data
  • Setting proper choices for data sharing and re-use

We will discuss and learn practices relevant to your disciplines and your own research.


Publisher Talk: IOP (priority to PHYS6000 students)

In this seminar, the speaker will share his share the top tips on writing a paper and how to get published on physics journal. Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to IOP and IOP journals
  • Why publish at all?
  • Choosing your journal
  • Writing your paper
  • Top 10 tips for getting published
  • Peer review process
  • Publication ethics
  • Post-acceptance
  • Post-publication
  • Date: TBC by TBC [ Register Here ]


Reference Management Tools (1hr)

As a researcher, you continuously collect sources to build your own knowledge base. Citation managers are software that help you to:

  • Build and store your sources
  • Organize and manage citations within folders
  • Build bibliographies
  • Automatically format and insert citations in your writing

This workshop explores how you can use citation managers, and the choices of software you have. You will get to know four popular tools: EndNote Basic, Mendeley, Refworks and Zotero, explore how they work, and evaluate what works for you.


RefWorks Workshop – Make Your References Work for You (1hr)

RefWorks is a powerful online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers to gather, organized, store and share references. In this workshop, you will look closely and learn how to:

  • Import references from various databases into RefWorks account
  • Create bibliographies in various citation style
  • Use Write-n-Cite to create bibliographies in Microsoft Word

For SBM, SSCI, SHSS students


Scholar Profile Management (1hr)

Scholarly collaboration networking and profiling systems, such as Google Scholar, ORCID and Microsoft Academics, can help you collate your work and present your research to a wide audience through the Internet. In this workshop, we look at how these systems can work for you, and take practical steps to set up your maintenance strategies.


Search Research Literature (1hr 30min)

Your subject librarian will show you useful tips and skills to search for research literature effectively. The session will focus on:

  • Major Engineering Databases & E-resources
  • Smart Searching in Library Databases & Google Scholar
  • Locating High Impact Journals and Articles

PDEV 6770D

  • 14 Feb 2020 [ Re-scheduled to 21 Feb 2020] by Victoria Caplan [ Register Here ] 

IDPO 6770 & PDEV 6770B/E

PDEV 6770C for SBMT 




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