October 12th, 2015 –– Kudos (www.growkudos.com), the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has achieved further success with five new publishers and one new institution joining in the month of September alone. The company has also launched its new service to provide universities and research institutions with intelligence-based services that will enable them to better amplify, support and learn from researchers’ communications about their work.
New publisher partners include Annual Reviews, the leading publisher of highly-cited reviews; the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society; EDP Sciences, a society STM publisher; Future Science Group, which focuses on breakthrough medical, biotechnological and scientific research; and RCNi, the publishing business of the Royal College of Nursing. Jenni Rankin, Marketing Manager at Annual Reviews, comments: “Our content is a key entry point to the wider scientific literature. Kudos helps us broaden the visibility and accessibility of the reviews that we publish, and fits well with our goal of making it easier for researchers to manage information overload.”
The latest participant in Kudos’ institutional program is the Robert Gordon University. This pilot has seen 10 institutions shape the development of the full Kudos for Institutions service, which provides reports about how researchers in an institution are using Kudos to explain their work and manage communications around it, and what effect these efforts have on a range of communication and publication metrics. Kudos thereby enables institutions to take a more strategic approach to increasing the visibility and impact of the work they and their researchers publish. “For the first time, researchers’ outreach activities – whether by email, social media, or elsewhere on the web – are being centrally surfaced so that institutions can see who is actively publicizing their work, and easily undertake their own efforts to support this,” explains David Sommer, Product Director and Co-Founder of Kudos. “These activities are also, uniquely, being mapped directly against downloads, altmetrics and citations, so that institutions can learn which activities and channels are most effective, and optimize their own efforts – and their guidance to researchers – accordingly.”
Launch discounts are available for institutions signing up during October and November – institutions are invited to register their interest with Charlie Rapple, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Over 65,000 researchers have signed up to use Kudos’ free platform for managing communications around their publications – across multiple publishers and tools. They explain work in plain language and generate trackable links for sharing via email, web and social networks; these enable communications to be directly mapped against views, downloads, altmetrics and citations. Kudos thereby provides researchers, and their publishers and institutions, with a rich understanding of which channels and activities are most effective for broadening reach and impact. Kudos has over 45 publisher customers around the world, including Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. The company is also working with institutions including the current and previous “UK University of the Year” (Universities of Birmingham and Huddersfield). Early analysis of Kudos data indicates that the existence of plain language explanations can substantially increase the likelihood of users progressing to read the full text of an article. Kudos was named Best New End User Product at the 2014 Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards and won the 2015 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing. It has been named in Outsell’s “Ten to Watch” for two consecutive years.