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Issue 7

Mar 2021

Chris Chan Profile

Editor’s Note

Welcome to this March 2021 edition of the Library Newsletter! I note with a certain sense of incredulity that we are almost one quarter of the way through the year. It has been a somewhat challenging time for the Library. In recent weeks, several valued professional colleagues have left to pursue opportunities away from HKBU. Their names will be familiar to regular readers of the Newsletter: Jennifer Gu (Information Services Librarian), Katie Lai (Head of Acquisitions Services), and Pauline Lam (Scholarly Communications Librarian). I would like to thank them all for the incredibly valuable contributions that they made to the Library. Their impact on our services and collections will be lasting.

Despite these losses, the Library continues to forge ahead with enhancements to our support for the University’s teaching, research, and service missions. Significant developments have recently been seen in the research domain. The Library provides hosting services to three journals run by HKBU faculty and research centres. Our hosting platform was recently entirely overhauled and relaunched under the name ejournals@HKBU to provide an even more robust platform for these open access journals. Speaking of open access, we were pleased to see an article by Prof. Stephen Palmquist (Department of Religion and Philosophy) benefit from the Library’s recent deal with Cambridge University Press. Details of both initiatives can be found in articles in this issue.

Other articles in this issue report on two major annual events. First up is E-resources Discovery Week, where we raise awareness of the Library’s amazingly diverse collection of e-resources. One of Jennifer’s many responsibilities was to organize this event, and I would like to thank my colleagues Angela Wong and Wallace Wong for taking up this major task. The second event was the 16th Short Story Writing Competition. This is a long-running initiative of the Language Centre, but since last year the Library has co-organized the event and provided access to our short story dispenser platform to showcase the winners. Thanks are due to both Language Centre colleagues and to the Library’s Maggie Wong for coordinating the competition.

I hope that you enjoy the issue!

Chris Chan
Deputy University Librarian / Newsletter Editor

ejournals@HKBU has moved!

What is ejournals@HKBU?

ejournals@HKBU is a free hosting service provided by the University Library to allow faculty and research centres to publish open access journals. This service incorporates hosting support run on the open source Open Journal System (OJS), including training provision, design and layout services, publication workflow, and user support. The Library also assists in assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to published contents as well as Creative Commons Licensing consultation and support.

The ejournals@HKBU portfolio

International Journal of Chinese & Comparative Philosophy of Medicine (IJCCPM)

IJCCPM was instituted to facilitate in-depth dialogue between Chinese and Western scholarship. While the West has pioneered academic research in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine, the contribution of China’s long tradition of medical humanities, as well as its rich historical resources in philosophical and ethical thought, should not be neglected.

IJCCPM is included as a source title in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

Journal of Asian Energy Studies (JAES)

JAES is an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to interdisciplinary research on all aspects of energy studies in Asia. This open-access e-journal is published by the Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) of Hong Kong Baptist University with the support of the University Library.

Asian Journal of Physical Education & Recreation (AJPER)

The editorial mission of AJPER is to stimulate academic and professional development in Physical Education, Recreation, Leisure and Sports by publishing research papers and articles concerned with different aspects of this discipline. The refereed publication also aims to provide a forum for scholarly and creative thoughts about this multi-dimensional profession in Hong Kong and Asian countries.

Want to know more?

Visit the ejournals@HKBU Guide to find out how you can benefit from open access publishing. If you’re interested in setting up a new open access journal or transferring an existing journal to HKBU Library’s OJS platform, contact me at to discuss your needs.

Rebekah Wong
Head of Digital Initiatives and Research Cluster

Library E-resources Discovery Week 2021: Post-event quiz & grand prize draw!

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in the activities organized for E-resources Discovery Week (EDW) 2021 during 1-5 March 2021. Over 400 staff and students attended the online workshops provided by different e-resources vendors. We hope you enjoyed the events and enhanced your research abilities and library skills. A feedback survey has been sent to all participants, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the HKBU community thought of the event.

A Grand Prize Draw will take place at the end of March. If you have attended any EDW2021 online workshops for 40 minutes or more, you have been automatically entered into the prize draw. To earn more chances to win prizes, HKBU students can join the EDW2021 Post-event Quiz! To help participants prepare for the quiz questions, workshop presentations together with selected event recordings are accessible on the EDW2021 LibGuide. You will get 3 lucky draw chances if you complete the quiz with a passing grade. The quiz will close on 26 March 2021. Don’t miss this chance to win an Apple Watch, iPad, and other special prizes!

Post-event Quiz:

Last but not least, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the e-resource vendors who provided fruitful workshops for the HKBU community and sponsored the event with prizes!

Wallace Wong and Angela Wong
Information Services Librarians

First publication under Library’s open access deal with Cambridge University Press

Screenshot of Prof. Palmquist's article in the Kantian Review
Prof. Palmquist’s article can be freely downloaded without a subscription

The global open access movement continues to gather momentum. A consensus is emerging among the academic community that the fruits of scholarly research should be made freely available, and not locked behind paywalls. As described in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access, the goal is to disseminate human knowledge and cultural heritage widely throughout society. The case for making works like scholarly journal articles available for free is particularly compelling when publication has been supported (directly or indirectly) by public funding.

Open access has broad support within the library and information science profession. However, the traditional publishing model has relied on libraries subscribing to journals and providing access only to their own community. This restricts access to scholarship. Most publishers offer authors an option to make their articles open access, but require the payment of an article processing charge (APC) to cover their costs. As the APC is usually thousands of US dollars, few authors will pay the fee if they do not have a source of funding.

One possible way forward are so-called “transformative agreements” between libraries and publishers. Under such agreements, members of the library can access publisher content in the same way as traditional subscriptions. In addition, eligible members of the library can also publish their articles in the publisher’s journals open access without paying any APC. Their work will be available for free to the global research community.

HKBU Library recently entered into its first agreement of this type with Cambridge University Press (CUP). This arrangement has already resulted an article by Prof. Stephen Palmquist (REL) in the Kantian Review being published open access. We are looking forward to more work by HKBU scholars being made available to a wider audience as a result of this deal!

Questions about the Library’s arrangements with CUP can be sent to

Chris Chan
Deputy University Librarian

Results of the 16th Short Story Writing Competition

Dr. Hui-Bon-Hoa addresses the winners of the 16th Short Story Writing Competition

A romantic hotel quarantine escape plan delivered by a drone

The mysterious death of a 19-year-old medical student who was found dead on his king-size bed

Who doesn’t love a great story that turns your head into a movie theatre! Want to know what happens in the extracts from the two stories above that won top prizes in the 16th English Short Story Competition? Read them via the links below or come to the Main Library during April 2021 – the Short Story Dispenser will be exclusively distributing winners from the Competition.

The 16th English Short Story Competition is co-organized by the Language Centre and the Library. This year we have a total of 9 winning stories by our undergraduate and postgraduate students. To celebrate these talented young writers, the Language Centre organized an award ceremony on March 19, 2021, which also included a public lecture on How to Read and Write a Short Story by Dr. Max Hui-Bon-Hoa.

Check out the winners below! For more information about the competition, go to

Maggie Wong
Information Services Librarian


RankName of StudentTitle of Story
First Prize LEUNG Tsz YuiMike Robinson
Second Prize LI HangYou started it
Third Prize YEUNG Kwan Nok JustinCOVID-Z
Merit Prize WEE WeirhuHide and Seek
Merit Prize CHOW Hoi TungThe Aftermath


RankName of StudentTitle of Story
First PrizeHayden Charles GEHRThe Burgundy Scarf
Second PrizeKevin MANUNUREMystery surrounds the death of a young student
Third PrizeJeremy Eton NGQuizás, Quizás, Quizás
Merit PrizeBamidele Emmanuel OLAA Silent Voice

Last updated: 24 March 2021