We're delighted to announce that we have been named winner of the "Audience Choice" award at the New England Publishing Collaboration Awards held in Boston, MA last week. The awards were inaugurated in 2014 by Bookbuilders of Boston (established 1937), to honor excellence in publishing collaboration.
Our submission explored how, in an era of information overload, new communications media and rigorous measurement of research impact, researchers are evaluating their publishing choices to consider which publishers will most assist them in ensuring their work is found, read and applied. This both heightens the competition for the best authors, but also creates opportunities for collaboration; the shared Kudos service helps individual publishers increase support for authors, while compiling an aggregated data set from which wider intelligence can be derived about which marketing messages and channels are most effective for increasing readership. By acting as a nexus for collaboration between publishers, Kudos helps align their efforts in pursuit of shared goals around increasing readership and broadening impact.
Kudos was eligible for the awards both because our own US representative, Rebecca Shumbata, is based in Boston, but also because our partners include publishers with a New England presence, including Emerald, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and Wiley. Emerald recently announced that usage of its articles had more than tripled when authors had used the Kudos toolkit. These early successes demonstrate the potential of our model - using metrics to motivate authors to participate more actively in outreach around their work - to help increase discoverability and readership for publications both within and beyond academia.
You can view slides from our NEPCo "rapid-fire" presentation here. We extend big thanks to the organizers, and to all those who voted for us! Congratulations too to other winners on the night: Harvard University Press (collaborating with archives across Massachusetts), Aries Systems (collaborating with Copyright Clearance Centre) and the American Meteorological Society (collaborating with Second Nature).