Hong Kong’s Open Access Weeks Chart the Growing Awareness of Knowledge Sharing Benefits
Author: Pablo Markin
Published Online: 2017-07-31
From 2015, Hong Kong universities, such as the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, have been regularly arranging Open Access (OA) Weeks as events including presentations, workshops and exhibitions aimed at covering specific OA-related topics, e.g., research impact, publication sharing, and author rights. This active interest in OA has surfaced in the wake of the wide adoption of OA formats, such as Gold OA, by both scholarly community and large publishers.
Furthermore, Hong Kong universities are apparently responding to the exponentially growing journal subscription costs, even though digitization makes the costless sharing of research results easier than ever before. As a global trend, OA, thus, represents a disruptive development in the journal publishing industry, the ripple effect of which is increasingly discernible in Hong Kong as well. According to SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, OA and Open Data can make a significant contribution to economic growth, reduce the costs of learning materials academic institutions use, such as via the deployment of OA textbook, and promote cutting-edge scientific research in multiple areas.
By Pablo Markin
Tags: author rights, China, Chinese University of Hong Kong, fees, Gold OA, Gold Open Access, Green OA, Green Open Access, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, institutional repositories, libraries, Open Access, Open Access Weeks, Open Data, SPARC.