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Seminar on how to publish in international journals
Seminar on Hong Kong Scholar Program
Seminar on quantitative data analysis with SPSS: Regression analysis, analysis of variance and non-parametric statistics
Seminars on tips for success in research funding applications and ‘dos and don'ts’ in research proposal writing
Seminar on FDS applications — experience and insights
Seminar on 時間、信仰與人生:一位學者的反思
Seminar on assessing the biofuel production potential of dinoflagellates isolated from Hong Kong coastal waters
Seminar on RGC proposal preparation 2016
Seminar on an observational study on work interruptions during medication administration in residential care homes for older people
Seminar on research publication and big data for nursing research
The 29th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities




Seminar on how to publish in international journals

A seminar on practical tips, experience-sharing and best practice for the submission of research papers to academic journals was held on 20 October 2015. It was given by James W Murphy, Editorial Director of Wiley in Greater China — a global publisher publishing over 1,500 journals.

Mr Murphy discussed three critical aspects for improving a paper’s chances of acceptance, viz. 

1. Know the journals in your community
2. Communicate your paper’s relevance
3. Promote your published research

Successful publication depends on knowing more than a journal’s impact factor. There are other issues that should be taken into consideration for choosing a journal for manuscript submission, such as the prestige and rejection rate of the journal, the career stage of the author, and the period of time for processing a submission.

 Mr Murphy shared some skills in communicating a paper’s relevance. Writing a cover letter to state clearly the advances and significance of the paper is essential when submitting it to a journal. Mr Murphy also stressed the value of a strong title and a relevant abstract, and relating them to the themes of a journal to avoid the paper being rejected at the initial screening stage.

To promote published research, Mr Murphy advised authors to optimize their articles for Internet search engines. He gave the following several suggestions, viz.

1. Ensure relevant keywords are included in the title
2. Repeat the keywords several times in the abstract
3. Use section headings throughout the article
4. Look up specific keywords in online resources, such as ISI, Google’s Keyword Planner, or RankChecker to find out the popular search terms
5. Provide at least five keywords and synonyms.

While using these skills to enhance the likelihood of a paper being found on the Internet, the authors should also ensure the readability of the paper.

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Seminar on Hong Kong Scholar Program

A seminar on the Hong Kong Scholars Program was given by Professor Yuk-Shan Wong, Chairman of the program, on 20 October 2015. Professor Wong introduced the following aspects of the program, covering the:

background of the program;
potential benefits from the program;
eligibility of Hong Kong supervisors;
eligibility of postdoctoral fellow candidates from the Mainland; and
application procedures.

The program is provided jointly by the Society of Hong Kong Scholars and the China National Postdoctoral Council. It aims to train outstanding postdoctoral fellows through combining the strengths and research resources of Hong Kong and the Mainland. The program provides a platform to facilitate the matching of professors in Hong Kong as supervisors and PhD graduates from the Mainland to become postdoctoral fellows in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong supervisors need to bear only half of the salary of the postdoctoral fellows recruited through this program, using their research funding, while the half is supported by the Mainland government. Thus the program creates a win-win opportunity for both Hong Kong and the Mainland.

For details about the program, you can visit its website at http://www.hkscholars.org.

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Seminar on quantitative data analysis with SPSS: Regression analysis, analysis of variance and non-parametric statistics

A seminar on quantitative data analysis with SPSS was held on 26 October 2015 as one of the OUHK’s seminar series for research capability enhancement for Hong Kong’s self-financing degree sector. The seminar was given by Ms Brenda Lee, an experienced trainer for SPSS.

This seminar covered the use of SPSS for regression analysis, analysis of variance and some non-parametric tests. Regression analysis is a statistical technique for estimating the relationship among variables which have possible cause and effect relations. Various regression analysis techniques were reviewed, such as multiple regression, hierarchical regression and binary/multinomial logistic regression. The assumptions of these regression analysis techniques — normality, linearity, no extreme values and missing value analysis — were examined. As part of the analysis of variance, the analysis of covariance and some post-hoc comparison tests were discussed. Non-parametric statistics, which are statistics not based on parameterized families of probability distributions, have been used more widely in research in recent years. The seminar covered major non-parametric tests for research purposes. Ms Brenda Lee also introduced a wide range of functions of SPSS for efficiently conducting data analysis.

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Seminars on tips for success in research funding applications and ‘dos and don'ts’ in research proposal writing

Two seminars were held on 28 October 2015 to support academics in applying for research funding. In the first seminar, Professor Paul Kwok gave his observations and suggestions for successful applications for research grants.

The second seminar was given by Dr KC Li and Dr Billy Wong from the URC. They shared tips and suggestions for RGC funding applications, covering the following areas:

Responsibilities of the principal investigator
Budget writing
Ethical clearance and safety approval
Access to government/official/private data.

For details of this seminar, you can download the PowerPoint slides here.
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Seminar on FDS applications — experience and insights

Professor K K Tam, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences in the OUHK, gave a seminar on 30 October 2015 sharing his experience and insights on the Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) for RGC research funding. The seminar covered the following areas:

The main content of his presentation is as follows.

Fresh submission and resubmission
Characteristics of a good research proposal
Breadth and depth of proposal contents
Effective ways to present research the design and strengths
Common pitfalls.

Professor Tam gave his views on a good research proposal which should have clear aims, justifications and method for the intended study. He also noted the importance of setting a reasonable budget, which reflects the size of a project.
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Seminar on 時間、信仰與人生:一位學者的反思

The URC hosted a seminar on 30 October, presented by Professor C M Leung, Honorary Research Fellow, Emeritus Professor and former Vice President (Technology & Development) at the OUHK.

In the seminar, Professor Leung first talked about what ‘time’ is. As an expert in computational astrophysics and technology-enhanced education, Professor Leung presented the notion of time based on his understanding as well as scientific studies and theories. Reflecting on the views of scientists, philosophers and theologians, he shared insights on the notion of time and its relation to the meaning of life.

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Seminar on assessing the biofuel production potential of dinoflagellates isolated from Hong Kong coastal waters

Mr Wu Kam Chau and Dr Steve Xu Jingliang from the School of Science and Technology gave a seminar on 6 November 2015, in which they shared the findings of a research study on the biofuel production potential of dinoflagellates. Biodiesel from microalgae has a great potential for meeting future challenges of sustainable energy. Various studies have been carried out for the screening and cultivation of microalgae with high biofuel production potentials. However, dinoflagellates, the major causative agent of algal blooms which can produce a large amount of biomass naturally, have gained relatively less attention. In the seminar, Mr Wu and Dr Xu presented the experimental results of blooming dinoflagellates for biodiesel production.

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Seminar on RGC proposal preparation 2016

Two sessions of a seminar on the submission requirements and good practices for successful submission for RGC research funding were organized by the URC on 16 and 19 November, and were given by Dr KC Li and Dr Billy Wong from the URC.

In the seminar, the application guidelines, internal policies and other issues in relation to funding applications were reviewed. Sample proposals were also made available for reference at the seminar. Academics were reminded to check their proposals carefully to ensure that they satisfy every requirement mentioned in the RGC Guidance Notes. Attention was also drawn to budgeting, where strong justifications are required for each budget item. The RGC procedure for handling research misconduct and the penalties was also addressed during the seminar.

For further details, you can refer to the PowerPoint slides for the seminar.

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Seminar on an observational study on work interruptions during medication administration in residential care homes for older people

A seminar was held on 24 November 2015 with Dr Linda Yin-King Lee, Associate Head of the Division of Nursing and Health Studies, as the speaker. She presented the findings of an observational study on work interruptions while administering medication in residential care homes for older people.

Dr Lee first introduced the background of the study. In the literature, it has been found that, on average, there are 6.7 work interruptions per hour during medication administration in the hospital setting, which could have serious consequence for clients’ safety. However, there is a lack of relevant research on work interruptions in residential care homes.

Dr Lee and her team studied the most common sources and frequency of work interruptions during medication administration in residential care homes. Based on their results, they gave a number of recommendations, such as designating staff to handle the residents during the administration of medication, and examining the nature of work interruptions in different settings.

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Seminar on research publication and big data for nursing research

A seminar on research publication and big data for nursing research was held on 26 November 2015. Mr Matt Cianfarani, Director of the Mark Allen Group, and Mr Abel Liu, Regional Manager of EBSCO, shared their experiences in overcoming potential hurdles to research publication and applying alternative metrics for assessing scholarly outputs.

Mr Cianfarani first talked about ways of getting published in nursing journals. He reminded participants of the preparations needed in order to get the best chance of having their papers accepted in journals. Some essential work includes knowing the aims and target audiences of a journal in advance, and, upon completion of a draft paper, having subsequent revisions of it based on colleagues’, friends’ and even their own comments. He also shared the common reasons for rejection, such as wrong formats in referencing, and being beyond the scope of a journal. Papers that are well-argued, well-constructed or that offer a new slant on a topic will stand a higher chance of being accepted.

Mr Liu then gave his observations on the rising popularity of alternative metrics alongside traditional ones, such as citation counts for assessing scholarly outputs. He introduced a big data software tool, PlumX Metrics, which enables scholars and researchers to evaluate others’ scholarly outputs using new indicators.

You can download the PowerPoint slides of the seminar by clicking the links below:

Research publications on the nursing discipline
Turning big data into information for nursing research


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The 29th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities

The 29th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities was held on 30 November to 2 December 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hosted by Open University Malaysia. With the theme ‘New Frontiers in ODL’, the conference aimed to promote ODL and instil professional and ethical standards among ODL educators.

Our President, Professor Yuk-Shan Wong, in the capacity of the President of the Asian Association of Open Universities, gave a speech at the opening ceremony, stressing the significance of the conference as a powerful platform for exploring the latest developments in ODL.

Dr KC Li, Director of the URC, was invited to give a keynote speech on ‘New research and practices in ODL’. He offered an overview of these areas by analysing the changes over a decade in terms of keywords, research areas and the number of authors. A number of new research topics were identified, such as massive open online courses, open educational resources and learning analytics.

The conference attracted 250 participants from over 15 countries, and more than 150 papers were presented. Awards were given to authors of excellent papers and those who made significant contribution to the field of ODL. Dr Billy Wong of the URC obtained a Young Innovator Award for his paper ‘Factors leading to effective teaching of MOOCs.

     

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