HKUL > Digital Initiatives > Hong Kong Journals Online
About the Project
Hong Kong Journals Online (HKJO) is a full-text image database providing access to selected academic and professional journals, both in English and Chinese, published in Hong Kong. Titles included in this database cover a wide range of disciplines including law, medicine and education. The University of Hong Kong Libraries, with a rich collection of Hong Kong journals, developed this database with the objectives of facilitating efficient information retrieval and preserving archival materials. Issues included in this database vary from journal to journal with the earliest going back to 1948. At its first release, more than 170,000 images from over 40 titles will be accessible on the database. More titles with permission granted for digitising their full text will be included to the database. New issues of the titles will also be added as soon as being received. Scholars doing research on Hong Kong will find this an invaluable resource.
Print copies of the journals
Print copies of the journals are held at the Special Collections, 1/F of the Main Library, with a few exceptions held at the Branch Libraries. Information on library holdings or locations can be found on the Libraries online catalogue.
Copyright Clearance
Copyright clearance is an important and essential matter of this project. Although the materials are all held in the HKU Libraries, we have to clear copyright from every individual publisher or copyright owner before we start the digitisation. The Special Collections sent out more than a hundred letters asking for permission from publishers to digitise their journals. About one fourth responded to us positively. We welcome copyright owners of similar journals offer their support to us in future.
Enquiries about the "Hong Kong Journals Online" should be directed to Special Collections, the University of Hong Kong Libraries, by telephone at +852 2859 2207, by fax at +852 2857 2048, or by email at
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the persons and organisations for granting the University of Hong Kong Libraries the permission to digitise full-text of their journals. The Libraries is grateful for the assistance of Dr Dan Waters, former president of Royal Asiatic Society as to ask individual authors on our behalf for granting us permission to digitise their articles for this database. Without their support, the launching of this electronic database would not be possible.
For questions and comments about this database, please contact us.
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