Dr Kam-cheong Li
Director of University Research Centre

Message from the Director of URC

The results of this year’s RGC funding applications have been announced, and I congratulate colleagues who have succeeded in obtaining research grants. Here is a brief summary of the results. In the Institutional Development Scheme (IDS), we submitted a project, which was funded, consisting of research programmes on three major areas: Chinese Culture in the Global Context; Quality Assurance System and Infrastructure Development in Testing and Certification; and Technological Innovations in Nursing Education and Chinese Medicinal Nursing Practice. Although the funding was much less than we applied for, I am delighted that, in the interest of the University and their areas of research development, these IDS teams have decided to go ahead with the project. The OUHK is the only institution that has received funding from the IDS for three consecutive years. In the Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS), we submitted only one proposal and it was successful. The funding will be used to build up our staff’s research capacity in conducting corpus-based studies. As for the Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), four proposals out of 25 from the University were successful in obtaining funding. This can be taken as a signal reminding us to work for a higher success rate.

As we had a number of unfunded projects, I should like to encourage colleagues to consider them as good attempts, rather than failed or even poor projects. Research teams for these projects are strongly encouraged to re-submit their proposals for the coming round of RGC funding applications, as most re-submitted proposals have obtained a higher assessment score. For example, out of 12 FDS proposals resubmitted so far, eight (66.7%) of them obtained a higher final score and five (41.7%) were funded. This success was much higher than the average FDS success rates of 25% in 2015 and 27% in 2016.

An effective way to be a successful researcher is to learn from others’ success and broaden our knowledge about how our research outputs can be assessed. This is why we have included an interview in every issue of our Bulletin — in this case, with Prof. Robin Yang. We also have a feature article introducing a relatively new way of assessing our research publications, Altmetrics, which is followed up in our ‘Research Resources’ section.

Before concluding, I would like to alert colleagues to the serious risk of predatory publishing. Many predatory publishers who contact us by email often pretend to be good publishers, and claim that they can publish a paper within a short period of time with a reasonable or even discounted page charge. However, in your CV, a paper in journals or edited books from a publisher of this kind will damage your professional image and definitely be harmful to your academic career. The University does not allow such publications to be placed in our staff publication list. It is always advisable to study thoroughly any journal with which you are not familiar, before submitting a paper to it. If you are unsure whether a journal is credible, you may access the ‘Paper and journal evaluation’ section in the University’s Research Resources Portal, which provides a list of useful resources helping you to avoid potential predatory publishers.

You are also welcome to approach the URC if you think we can be of help in your proposal preparation and dissemination of research outputs. Let us work together to build a strong research community in the OUHK.



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