October 27th, 2014 – Kudos, which helps researchers and institutions maximize the impact and visibility of their publications, has been named “Best New End User Product” at the 2014 Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards, established in 2000, recognize the best – and worst – digital services for academia. They are selected by the editorial board of The Charleston Advisor, which comprises senior librarians from a range of universities and consortia, alongside representatives from related associations and publications. Previous winners of the Best New End User Product category range from the Figshare research repository to the iPhone.
“Winning an award of this calibre at this relatively early stage of our development is a great endorsement of Kudos’ current capabilities and future potential,” says David Sommer, Director and Co-Founder of Kudos. “It shows that institutions recognize the need for an independent service to help increase the reach of their research, and that the tools and guidance we provide are of value to researchers.”
In addition to its current service, which is focussed on individual researchers, Kudos is developing an institutional service for librarians, research support staff, press & communications teams and others with an interest in increasing the visibility of their institution’s research. Interested institutions are invited to register now (contact email@example.com).
The Kudos team are looking forward to the Charleston Conference (November 5-8th, 2014), where they will be available for demonstrations and discussion, including a Charleston Premier flash session at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 8th. Delegates will also have an opportunity to provide input on Kudos’ development at a Juried Product Development Forum on Wednesday, November 5th from 5pm. Those in Europe should look out for us at the UKSG One-Day Conference and Forum in London on November 20th-21st.
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Kudos (www.growkudos.com) provides a platform:
- for assembling or creating information (such as lay summaries or related multimedia) that helps readers filter the growing quantity of published research;
- for sharing such information (for example, via social media or email) to increase discoverability; and
- for measuring and monitoring the effect of both creating and sharing additional metadata and multimedia.
Early results indicated that using Kudos tools to explain and share research can increase usage by 19%. The Kudos site is free for researchers to use, funded by publisher participation; from Spring 2015, a new institutional service will be launched.