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Researchers’ Series: Seminars and Workshops

2021/2022 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 (1.5hr)

Academic honesty and integrity are critical values to scholars, this session will focus on:

  • Judging What is Plagiarism & How to Avoid It
  • Differences between Plagiarism and Copyright Violation
  • Hong Kong Copyright Law and Legitimate Use and Fair Dealing
  • HKUST Intellectual Property Policies
  • 1.5 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

PDEV 6770 A/B/E

  • 8 April 2022 / 12 April 2022  [Closed]

PDEV 6770 C/D

  • 4 April 2022  [Closed]


Altmetric for Researchers (1hr)

Altmetrics is an emergent way to assess research impact. Knowing what it means and how to use it is helpful for you to manage your research output and profile. Join us for for this session and find out how to:
  • effectively promote your research outputs through different channels
  • use repositories and tools to help build attention
  • gain insight into the reach of, and engagement with your research
  • learn how to use Altmetric data to write compelling impact narratives, create visuals and build your online profile
About the Speaker

Liz Smee is Digital Science’s Product Solutions Specialist for Altmetric and Dimensions in the Asia Pacific region. Coming from a rich background in government research assessment, Liz previously held the position of Senior Research Project Officer at the University of Adelaide for several years. Liz is well-tuned to understanding grant and funding application requirements, as well as creating compelling impact narratives.

  • 4 April 2022  [Closed]


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

This session is designed for RPGs or staff members who publish their research and want to know more about author rights.

Note: This session assumes attendees have a basic understanding of copyright or have attended the Library’s Academic Integrity & Intellectual Property workshop.

  • 1 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.
  • 19 April 2022 / 22 April 2022  [Closed]


Challenges, Benefits, and Tips for Researchers in Endorsing Open-Science, Conducting Registered Reports and Supporting a Science Reform (1.5hr)

In this talk I aim to help researchers better understand and consider endorsing open-science practices. I will introduce the current challenges in science and the urgent need for a science reform, for us to reflect on, reassess, and improve our science practices. I will then outline the main challenges, possible pitfalls, and potential benefits in pursuing open-science. Finally, I will briefly cover practical tools and practices that researchers can undertake in their own research.

I will present Registered Reports as one of the promising directions, with “Peer Community in Registered Reports” as an example of the recent revolutions in science. I will also share some of my own journey and experience regarding collaborative open-science, as an early career researcher, and working together with our team of over 70 early career researchers from around the world and over 350 students at University of Hong Kong who together are making significant contributions to the field through open-science and meta research.

About the Speaker:

Gilad is an Assistant Professor with the Psychology Department at the University of Hong Kong. Gilad’s work is in the areas of social psychology and judgment and decision-making. Research focuses on the topics of biases and heuristics, especially regarding agency and action. In recent years, following signs regarding the need for a science reform, Gilad has taken a special interest in the movement for improvement of psychological science to implement and promote open-science and meta-research. More details on Gilad can be found at

  • The Zoom meeting ID and passcode will be sent to registrants at 5pm, 1 day before the session.
  • 1.5 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.
  • 16 March 2022  [Closed]


Copyright and Creative Commons for Educators (1.5hr)

The Library is hosting a seminar on copyright issues in relation to teaching & research. This seminar will cover:

  • Basic concepts of copyright in Hong Kong (e.g. ownership, acts restricted by copyright)
  • Permitted acts relevant to teaching and research
  • Copyright licensing bodies in Hong Kong
  • Introduction to Creative Commons
  • The Zoom meeting ID and passcode will be sent to registrants at 5pm, 1 day before the session.
  • 1.5 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.
  • 25 March 2022  [Closed]


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
  • 1 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.
  • 18 March 2022 /  8 April 2022  [Closed]


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 date
  • 1 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.
  • 25 April 2022 / 28 April 2022 [Closed]


Data Management Plan (1.5hr)

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.

This unit will help you to:

  • Understand how DMP can help you manage your research
  • Draft a DMP using
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.
  • 6 April 2022 / 7 April 2022  [Closed]
Emerging Open Science Tools for Literature Search (1.5hr)

This workshop will introduce and demonstrate several emerging literature searching tools which are built on open citation data: InCiteful, Connected Papers, scite, and Semantic Scholar.

These emerging tools make use of citation relations and/or semantic meaning of the underlying data and suggest relevant works that you probably will not be able to find through traditional keyword searches in databases such as Web of Science and Scopus.

Through this workshop, you will learn:

  • An overview of emerging literature search tools in recent years
  • How these tools work and how they are different from Web of Science or Scopus
  • How to make the most of these tools in different research stages of your study
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.
  • 29 March 2022 /  30 March 2022  [Closed]


 Getting Published in Nature Portfolio Journals from an Editor’s View (1.5hr)

This talk will give an overview of Nature Portfolio Journals and the editorial process involved in publishing. The discussions will especially cover the aims and scope of Nature Computational Science, the editorial process, and our vision for this journal in the growing field of computational science.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of Nature Portfolio Journals
  • Editorial Process at Nature Computational Science
  • Prepare your manuscript for submission
  • Handle editor and reviewers’ comments and rejection
  • Publishing Interdisciplinary Research in Nature Computational Science
  • This webinar is co-organized by SpringerNature and the University of Hong Kong Libraries.
  • 22 March 2022  [Closed]

Getting Your First (or Next) Academic Book Published – Tips for Engineering Researchers (1.5hr)

Considering publishing your first academic book or your first book in English? Would you like help getting your next book published with a top international publisher? This talk will guide you through everything you need to know to get your first (or next) academic book published. It offers top tips to help you succeed from a publisher and author’s perspectives, gives insights into the publication process, and provides additional resources to guide you whilst writing.

Topics covered include:

  • Why write a book? What are the benefits to you as a researcher?
  • Step-by-step guide of the writing process
  • Open access
  • CRC Press / Taylor & Francis resources for authors
  • Q&As

About the Speaker:

Andrew Stow is Books Commissioning Editor for Engineering with CRC Press. He commissions all types of book content in all fields of engineering from authors across Asia. Andrew has a varied background related to academic publishing both the UK and Japan and understands the challenges non-native English speaking authors face when writing and publishing. He is happy to share his knowledge with early career researchers and experienced academics looking to publish their book for an international audience. Andrew lives in Fukuoka, Japan.

  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A & 6770B
  • 22 February 2022  [Closed]


Introduction to R for Statistical Analysis (1.5hr)

R is a free and popular software for statistical analysis. This workshop will introduce the R environment (RStudio / RStudio Cloud), cover the basic tasks such as import data into R, descriptive and inferential statistics, and visualization of data.

  • Import Excel and CSV data files into R and use various R packages and functions to perform descriptive and inferential statistical analysis such as calculation of mean, mode, median and standard deviation, independent t-test, paired t-test, one-way ANOVA, correlation, and regression analysis.
  • Data visualization with R plot.
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E. 
  • 10 March 2022 /  17 March 2022  [Closed]


Introduction to Research Data Management (1.5hr)

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

This is an introduction unit to Research Data Management (RDM). It explores with you:

  • Important concepts about RDM
  • FAIR principles for data
  • Basic understanding of metadata for managing research data
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E. 
  • 23 February 2022 /  24 February 2022  [Closed]


LaTeX Workshop for RPGs (2 modules, 1.5hr per each)

LaTeX is a free, high-quality document preparation system to help you write theses, technical and scientific documents.

Module 1 will cover:

  • Basic functions of Overleaf interface
  • Automate making chapters, sections, figures, and tables
  • Adding Images and captions
  • No previous experience with LaTeX is necessary

Module 2 will focus on: 

  • Formatting complex mathematical formulas& other discipline-specific diagrams
  • Creating in-text citation & bibliographies
  • Using the Overleaf templates

Recommend for those who registered or completed the Module 1 of the workshop or those who have related Latex knowledge covered in Module 1.

  • This workshop will focus on getting started LaTeX with Overleaf (
  • 1.5 hour per module will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.
  • 1 March 2022 (Module 1)  [Closed]
  • 3 March 2022 (Module 2)  [Closed]


Making an Impact – Tracking Your Research Metrics (1.5hr)

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
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.
  • 22 March 2022 /  23 March 2022  [Closed]


Mining text with Voyant tool: an introduction (1hr)

Voyant tool is a free, web-based, and easy-to-use platform for exploring and analyzing a large amount of unstructured text. This workshop is designed to introduce you with the basic functions of voyant tool. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Importing text into Voyant tool
  • Exploring the themes/key phrases within a text and to formulate research questions
  • Discovering the patterns, distributions, and connections between the themes/key phrases and to answer research questions
  • Creating and exporting your visualization
  • 1 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.
  • 17 February 2022 /  29 March 2022  [Closed]


Open Access What Where How (1.5hr)

Making your research work openly accessible is becoming the norm in many disciplines. When you publish a paper with a journal, you have to make decisions relating to open access. Your choices are not only your own preferences, but you may have to comply with certain institutional policies. In this workshop, you will clarify some common but confusing OA terms and practices, for example:

  • How do we make works OA? Do we have to pay for it?
  • What is Green/Gold/Bronze/Diamond/Platinum OA?
  • What are we sharing when we claim that our papers are properly OA?
  • Where can I put my OA works?
  • What OA policies should I know, and how to comply with them?
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the professional development course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.
  • [TBC]


RefWorks – Make Your Reference Work for You (1.5hr)

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 Citation Manager to create bibliographies in Microsoft Word
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D.
  • 22 March 2022 /  23 March 2022 /  24 March 2022  [Closed]


Introduction to Scite (1hr)

We invite you to attend the workshop on Scite, which is a smart citation index that displays the context of citations using AI.

In this workshop, you will learn about:

  • how Scite’s citation analysis (supporting, contrasting, and mentioning) works
  • how to use Scite to find well supported academic papers and critical debates of a given topic

About Scite

Scite is an award-winning platform for discovering and understanding scientific articles via Smart Citations. Smart Citations allows users to see how a scientific paper has been cited by providing the context of the citation and a classification describing whether it provides supporting or contrasting evidence for the cited claim. scite has classified over 890 million citation statements from 26 million scientific articles and is used by students and researchers around the world.

  • 30 March 2022  [Closed]


Search Research Literature (1.5hr)

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

  • Major Subject Databases & E-resources
  • Smart Searching in Library Databases & Google Scholar
  • Locating High Impact Journals and Articles
  • Staying Current with Search and Citation Alert
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

PDEV 6770D for SHSS

  • [TBC]

PDEV 6770 B/E

  • 17 March 2022 /  18 March 2022  [Closed]

PDEV 6770C for SBMT 

  • [TBC]


  • 24 February 2022 /  25 February 2022  [Closed]

PDEV 6770A for PHYS & MATH

  • 3 March 2022  [Closed]


Supplementary Info in PDF is Not Enough – Apply FAIR Principles to Your Chemical Data (1.5hr)

It has been a long-standing tradition that chemists submit Supplementary Info (SI) to a journal alongside their research manuscript. The SI adds further details and credibility to the author’s study, such as information on material preparation, synthesis, and characterization graphs. However, these valuable details in SI are often kept in a PDF file with very limited room for navigation and replication.

The value of research data can go way beyond the paper for which it is created. In this workshop, we will explore how we can apply Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data sharing principles to share your chemical data via data repositories in a documented and organized fashion. The workshop is intended for students working on synthesizing and characterization of small compounds, but those who work with chemical data in general are also welcome.

  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/E.
  • 10 March 2022 / 11 March 2022  [Closed]
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