May 10th, 2016 — Kudos (www.growkudos.com), the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has partnered with Thomson Reuters’ ScholarOne manuscript submission and peer review system to facilitate the capture and dissemination of plain language summaries of research articles. Plain language explanations of research help to broaden usage of research by increasing the discoverability of works, and enabling them to be understood by wider audiences.
Through this pilot, ScholarOne and Kudos will enable authors of six participating publishers to add a plain language explanation of their work during the submission and acceptance workflow; integrating Kudos into existing article workflows in this way will make it quicker and easier for authors to begin the process of increasing readership, and encourage more authors to do so. Summaries added via ScholarOne are then automatically passed to Kudos and made available to the author to create a profile page for their publication on the Kudos platform – helping them promote their work and build readership.
Publishers participating in this pilot are:
- The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery – publishers of The Bone & Joint Journal
- Canadian Science Publishing
- Emerald Group Publishing
- Future Science Group
The summaries collected by ScholarOne are passed to Kudos when an article is accepted and then held under embargo until the article is formally published, at which point the author is invited to use Kudos tools to manage wider outreach and ensure people find, read and apply or cite their publications. Summaries are not only displayed on the Kudos site, but also indexed, syndicated or linked to by search engines, abstracting & indexing services and publisher or institutional websites.
“At Kudos, we’re committed to helping research have more impact; ensuring that it’s easy for specialists and non-specialists alike to identify articles of interest is an important part of this,” says David Sommer, Product Director and Co-founder at Kudos. “Plain language summaries give readers an instant overview of an article, without having to work their way through dense technical language.”
“We’re excited to partner with Kudos for this pilot,” says Josh Dahl, Head of Publishing & Associations at Thomson Reuters. “Although some publishers ask authors to write lay summaries, there’s no consistent or organized collection and distribution of this information by the industry as a whole. This partnership enables authors of participating publishers to add a plain language explanation of their work during the submission and acceptance workflow, and benefit from the Kudos service for additional outreach.”
“We know that researchers are very busy people,” adds Karen Proff, VP Marketing, Research Publishing, Wiley. “This pilot is a great way to help us assess author interest in making their work more visible to broader audiences, at a point in the publishing process when they are likely most motivated to put in the time to help explain their work.”
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85,000 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 60 publisher customers around the world, including Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, the Royal Society and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. The company is also working with institutions including the University of Huddersfield, Carnegie Mellon University and ETH Zürich. 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.
ScholarOne provides comprehensive workflow management systems for scholarly journals, books, and conferences. The ScholarOne web-based applications enable publishers and societies to manage the submission, peer review, production, and publication process more efficiently and access intelligent information to help make strategic decisions. ScholarOne is a product of the IP and Science Division of Thomson Reuters – the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.