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Researchers@Library: Research Skills Training

This guide serves as a one-stop shop for PolyU researchers and postgraduate students to gain easy access to information pertinent to their research and publishing needs.

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Date :  23 May 2017 (Tue)
Time :  3:00 - 4:00pm
Venue :  Learning Lab 1, 3/F, Library
Speaker :  Mr. James W. Murphy (Director, Research and Professional, Wiley) 
Registration :  Please click on this link for registration.

Peer review is a fundamental pillar of the journal publication process: it is the primary way in which the vast majority of journals assess and select content for publication. Understanding how it contributes to the research publication process is integral to early researchers' careers and their active involvement in the larger research community. This seminar will help post-graduate students and early-career researchers learn the fundamentals of peer review, and understand its implication on how a manuscript is assessed and distributed. 

This talk will cover the peer review process from the moment a manuscript is submitted to its acceptance. It highlights the benefits and challenges of peer review for the author, editor, and reviewer, as well as the developments that maintain and improve the rigor and efficiency of this essential process.  

  • Learn the fundamentals of peer review
  • Understand the mechanics of the peer review process, how editors perform review, and how a decision is made after peer review
  • Understand the challenges and benefits of peer review for author, editor and reviewer
  • Hear about current trends to give reviewers greater recognition


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Research Skills Training

The Library conducts topical workshops for the PolyU students and staff in both Semester I (Oct - Dec) and Semester II (Feb - May). Availability of the workshops will be announced via email at the beginning of each semester. Workshop details and the registration link will then become available here

 Click here to view currently offered workshops in Calendar.  

Some of the topics covered:

For Searching Skills:

  • Accessing E-book and E-journal Collections of the PolyU Library
  • Statistics and Government Publications for Local Studies
  • Mastering Techniques in Searching Business & Financial Databases
  • Citation Databases - Web of Science and Scopus

For Assignment Writing:

  • Online Tools for Assignment Writing
  • Citing References and Avoiding Plagiarism

For Reference Management:

  • Using EndNote (Part 1: Essential Features)
  • Using EndNote (Part 2: Advanced Features)
  • Exploring Features of Mendeley and Zotero

For Journal Evaluation:

  • Using Journal Analyzing Tools to Evaluate Journals
  • Using SciVal to Identify Research Potentials

For Author Profile Management:

  • Managing Author Profiles ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID and ORCID

The Library regularly updates the list of workshops every semester.  If you are interested in a topic that is NOT covered in the workshops offered, a customized library workshop on specific topics can also be arranged upon your request. Check here for details.

The Library regularly invites speakers from major publishers to talk on research and publishing skills. Some of the publishers who spoke at the Library include Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier and Emerald. Once a seminar has been confirmed, an announcement with registration link will be sent via email.

Previous topics covered:

  • Publishing in Academic Journals: Tips to help you succeed
  • Author Strategies for Successful Journal Publication
  • Introduction to Open Access Publishing
  • Enriching the Research Lifecycle with Open Science
  • Guide to Getting Published

Each faculty is assigned with a Faculty Librarian. This Faculty Librarian serves as a bridge between faculty and the Library. Students and staff are always welcomed to contact your respective Faculty Librarian for information consultation or library orientation. We could help you make strategic use of the relevant resources suitable for your area of research and introduce to you the techniques of using reference tools.

Please contact your Faculty Librarian for an appointment: