Scholarly Communications

Libraries are traditionally known for their role in research support as acquiring, storing and preserving research materials after they are published. However, the Association of College & Research Libraries details three intersections, detailing why this is no longer academic libraries’ only role:

  1. Economics of the distribution of scholarship
  2. Digital literacies
  3. Our changing roles (librarians) [1]

Pervasive changes in the traditional publishing model mean that faculty and graduate students are faced with an overwhelming array of choices with regards to grant applications, data management, publishing agreements and citation metrics.

Librarians, through our traditional role of disseminators of information, have been obliged to keep up with the rapid changes in the publishing model, and in some cases have become prime movers in attempts to shape its evolution

Research support

HKBU Library offers support for faculty and post-graduates in

  • interpreting copyright
  • your rights as an author
  • archiving your publication to the HKBU Institutional Repository
  • quantifying your research output h-index, citation counts and altmetrics
Data support

HKBU Library offers a broad variety of digital support services including

  • advising on data repositories
  • advising on data management plans as part of grant applications
  • which grant agencies require data sets be made public


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[1] Association of College and Research Libraries Working Group on Intersections of Scholarly
Communication and Information Literacy.(2013) Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment. Retrieved from

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