The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong Libraries

Learning and Research Services

Jesse Xiao, Data and Scholarly Communication Librarian
Phone: 852-22415841

Program Overview

The Libraries acquire printed and electronic HKU theses for PhD, MPhil, and SJD programmes. The printed theses are transferred and stored in The HKU Archives while the ETDs (Electronic Theses & Dissertations) are on open access and published in the Scholars Hub under the licensing of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License with the CrossRef DOI.

The Libraries provides a comprehensive repository (DataHub) for research data and other forms of scholarly outputs publishing. DataHub targets to storing, citing, sharing, and discovering research data and all scholarly outputs. It collects, preserves, and provides stable, long-term global open access to a wide range of research data and scholarly outputs created by HKU researchers and RPG students in the course of their research and teaching.

  • Publishing activities began: 2012
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Languages published: English, Chinese
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 2 - Early
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 2
  • Paraprofessional staff: 3
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: datasets; electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Datasets 265 265
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 827 827
Journals, campus-based faculty-created
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back issues
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


Disciplinary specialties:
  • education
  • biomedical science
  • clinical medicine
  • architecture
  • history


Internal partners: campus departments or programs

Openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g. local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)

Best publications to refer to our program: electronic theses and dissertations; digital repository of library collections

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • DSpace
  • Fedora
  • figshare

Additional services:
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • author advisory – copyright
  • author advisory – other
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • image services
  • training
Digital preservation strategy:
  • Amazon S3
  • HathiTrust