PolyU Institutional Research Archive


The PolyU Institutional Research Archive (PIRA) is an expansion of the PolyU Institutional Repository (PolyU IR). It is an online platform that collects and disseminates the research and scholarly outputs created by the PolyU community. In addition to collecting the University’s research outputs, PIRA also brings together a whole range of institutional research activities, including research projects, grants, people, and organizations into one place. Researcher profiles are created to showcase the publications, research interests, activities and academic achievement of PolyU scholars.

Aim and Objectives

  • To provide a comprehensive and centralized Institutional Research Archive for all of PolyU’s research outputs
  • To create Researcher Profiles for current faculty staff to showcase their publications, research interests and bibliometric
  • To increase the accessibility and visibility of the research outputs of current staff and to facilitate knowledge transfer
  • To support individual members of the University by providing an open access platform to archive their research outputs

Researcher Profiles

Researcher Profiles provide information on individual PolyU researchers and their research activities. A profile will be created for all current academic staff.

Research Outputs

All PolyU academic and research staff, research degree students, and academic equivalent staff may submit scholarly research materials to the PIRA. The material types include, but not limited to, journal articles, technical reports, working papers, conference papers and presentations, pre-prints, books, book chapters, patents, theses and dissertations, images, drawings, videos, and datasets. Full text may be provided if copyright allows.

Open Access at PolyU

PolyU has adopted the following Policy in Support of Open Access to Published Research since September 2010:

PolyU academic and researchers are required to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings (author’s final accepted manuscript) in PolyU IR (now known as PIRA) for open access, as of the date of paper publication. Full text of other research outputs should also be deposited where appropriate.

The Library will determine whether deposit in institutional repositories for public access is permitted under publisher agreements when PolyU authors submit their scholarly output to the PIRA. For more information, see the Research Office webpage on the Policy.

Submitting your research outputs to the PIRA

There are four ways in which PolyU academic and research staff, research degree students, and academic equivalent staff can submit their scholarly outputs to the PIRA:

  1. Submit via Research Output System (ROS) page, or
  2. Direct online submission to the PIRA, or
  3. Email your articles to the PIRA staff at library.ira@polyu.edu.hk, or
  4. Contact your Faculty Librarian


The PIRA uses “DSpace-CRIS” developed by CINECA. DSpace-CRIS is a new additional open source module for the DSpace platform (http://www.dspace.org). It extends the DSpace data model by providing the ability to collect, store, manage, retrieve, expose and exchange data about all research entities (people, organization units, projects, grants, awards, patents, publications, etc.)


You are most welcome to contact us via phone: (852) 3400 3196 or email: library.ira@polyu.edu.hk) about submitting materials to the PIRA or for any enquiries on the PIRA.