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Open Access Week 2023

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Let's celebrate the international open access week 2023!

The International Open Access Week is organized by SPARC in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee every year, aiming to provide an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn what are the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they have learned or their own experience engaging in Open Access, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. More details about the week are available at:  

This year, the theme of the Open Access Week is “Community over Commercialization”. This theme encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not. It, at the same time, stresses the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems, leading us to discuss the concerns arising from the current commercialized model in scholarly publishing. There are more possible discussion questions under this theme:  

Celebrating the Open Access Week 2023, the HKU Libraries will organize a series of events, including seminars, interactive online activity, a campaign on social media etc., from 23 to 29 October 2023. 

Still have no idea on Open Access? Or interested in learning more about this year’s theme through our events? Check out the details of our celebration programme below and join us! 


Image credit: The International Open Access Week 2023 (under the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY 4.0 International license).


Towards Equity and Excellence - HKU Libraries' Journey to Support Open Science

Date: 24 October 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm Hong Kong Time
Venue: Online via Zoom
Target Audience: HKU staff & students
Speaker: Ms. Fanny Liu (Engineering Librarian, The HKU Libraries)


In this session, we will briefly introduce:

1. The mission of open science

2. Open science concepts

3. Libraries’ support for open science, such as HKU Scholars Hub, DataHub, Transformative Agreements, and Open Access Author Fund

4. Exploring the path ahead

Video Recording:  View here. (HKU staff and students only. SSO login required.)


“Peer Community In” is the future of science: Empowering authors and community with moving to diamond open access and community initiatives

Date: 26 October 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm Hong Kong Time
Venue: Multi-purpose Zone, Level 3, Main Library, HKU / Zoom (Hybrid)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Gilad Feldman, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong
Target Audience: All researchers, students, and academic community members in Hong Kong and worldwide who are interested in OA are welcome
Language: English

Registration: Closed.   

*Seats for the on-site venue are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Successful registrants will receive confirmation via email a day prior to the event.

Video Recording: View here.


Peer Community In (PCI; is a disruptive revolution in science that is changing the publication landscape and shifting power from publishers to authors. PCI is a viable alternative to the current costly, non-transparent, and non-reproducible publication systems. PCI is a scholar-led non-profit association that creates communities of researchers who conduct peer-reviews on and recommend preprints in their scientific fields. Once preprints are endorsed by the community, authors can choose to publish with any of the affiliated journals with no additional peer review (, with one possibility being the associated diamond (no fee) open-access Peer Community Journal (

PCI is free of charge to authors and readers. Community endorsements are citable and published together with all editorial correspondence (reviews, recommender decisions, author responses). There are now over 15 thematic PCIs across the sciences, such as for Neuro, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Animal Science, Health, Archaeology, and others. PCI is supported by over 100 public research institutions and libraries from around the world with a sustainable long-term budget. 


‎"Peer Community in Registered Report"‎ (PCI-RR; is one of the themed PCIs launched in 2021, which is focused on Registered Reports. Registered Reports ( are a publication process in which Stage 1 journal/community peer review occurs on a pre-registration plan prior to any data collection. Once the pre­registration passes peer review and is approved, the journal/community grants authors an in-principle acceptance guaranteeing the publication of the article provided that data collection and analysis follows and intended plan. This emphasizes design, methods, and rigor, addressing issues of reviewers' and publication bias with publication of findings regardless of data collection outcomes, with the Stage 2 peer review focused solely on ensuring adherence to the Stage 1 plan (or documenting deviations). This publication process helps to meet the highest standards of open-science, overcoming biases such as publication bias, confirmation bias, outcome bias, and hindsight bias. 


In the last two years, Dr. Feldman's CORE team based at HKU ( has submitted over 25 PCIRR manuscripts, with some already published, and most already granted Stage 1 in-principle acceptance. All of those led and coauthored by early career researchers and HKU UG/MSc students. As an example, two of their PCIRR endorsed manuscripts have been published with Collabra:Psychology, an open-access journal, after the editor reaching out to the team to submit after seeing the community endorsement of Stage 1, and with APC fees waived. Overall, it has been a very positive and rewarding experience. 


Dr. Gilad Feldman will discuss the growing challenges with the current science publication system, briefly introduce Peer Community In, Peer Community Journal, and Peer Community in Registered Reports and the hope that they represent, and share his HKU CORE team experience with PCIRR, with concrete examples showing how this new model is beneficial to both authors, universities, the academic community, and the general public. 

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Gilad Feldman is an assistant professor with the psychology department at the University of Hong Kong. His work is in the areas of social psychology and judgment and decision-making. In recent years, following signs regarding the need for a science reform and a credibility revolution, Gilad has taken a special interest in the movement for improvement of psychological science to implement and promote open-science, meta-research, large team science, diamond (no fee) open access, and community indicatives. More details on Gilad can be found at


Social Media Campaign

A concept a day gets you on your way to O.A.

Want to learn more on Open Access, or how you can engage in Open Access with the support from the Libraries?  We have launched a social media campaign on our Facebook and Instagram page from 23 - 27 October 2023! 

One word or concept related to Open Access was shared everyday during the week.  Follow us to view the posts! 

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