Institutional Repository : About the IR

The HKUST Institutional Repository collects, makes available, and preserves in digital format the scholarly output created by the HKUST community. Its interface provides for easy self-archiving by faculty, and organizes the documents in logical, easily retrieved fashion.

The Repository uses DSpace for storage, a software originally developed at MIT, which complies with the Open Archives Initiative (OAI); thus allowing articles to be easily discovered by web search engines, services, and indexing tools, such as Google and OAIster.

The Repository, launched in February 2003, was the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Its developments were documented in this 2007 article.

Benefits for the University community

The IR not only provides barrier-free access to researchers worldwide, it also brings advantages to the University and the contributing authors:

  • Provides open and perpetual residence for research output, using a robust, standard compliant infrastructure.
  • Enhance access to and visibility of HKUST research; research has demonstrated that open access articles have appreciably higher citation rates than traditionally published articles. 1 .
  • Enhance communication and exchange by providing simple and persistent links to individual items as well as authors' research portfolio.
  • Serves to establish priority of ideas and intellectual property by registering the work with a date stamp.

Contents and Organization

Any faculty, academic equivalent staff, Ph.D student, or research assistant working at HKUST may submit documents to the Repository. Material must be research in nature; popular works or feature articles for newspapers will be excluded. Check the policy on content for document types the Repository accepts.

Items can be searched by keyword(s) in all fields or particularly in article title, journal title, author, subject or ISSN/ISBN field. In addition, we provide Advanced search function which supports more complicated searching criteria and limiting by language, format or year of publication.

Systems Features


The HKUST Institutional Repository metadata can be retrieved via standard harvesting protocol known as Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

  • OAI-PMH Base URL:
Persistent Identifiers

The CNRI Handle System assigns persistent identifiers to all material posted to the repository. These identifiers are resolvable in perpetuity, and will remain valid even if the content is migrated to a new system. This allows documents in the Repository to be properly and effectively cited in other research.

Links to Published Versions

Many journal articles in the repository are archived in their pre-published version. The IR provides links to the corresponding published copies via an OpenURL linking mechanism. For example, a Find@HKUST link is available in record of a journal article.

Version Marking

"Pre-published" version of a published article is marked as such both at the record display and the first page of the document.

Scholar Profiles

Each current faculty has a scholar profile, featuring their list of publications, bibliometrics, research interests and projects.

Development of Institutional Repositories Worldwide

Institutional repositories emerged as one of many strategies for achieving open access to research output. "Open Access" (OA) is a movement advocating free online access to scholarly works. Discussion and development of scholarly communication, IR and OA can be found at these sites:

Other Institutional Repositories

The Directory of Open Access Repositories lists over 1,000 institutional repositories. A few prominent projects are:

1Steve Lawrence. 2001. "Online or invisible?" Nature 411 (6837):521. Available at: <>

last modified 13 August 2016