Kudos announces publisher pilot for managing and tracking author sharing via scholarly collaboration networks

New partnership with ReadCube helps deliver innovative solution

S-PDF_PartnersFor immediate release, July 13th, 2017 –– Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced a pilot program to help publishers prevent copyright infringement and reclaim lost usage from sharing of research articles on scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs). The first publishers to participate in this pioneering approach to managing and understanding usage via SCNs include the American Thoracic Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the MIT Press.

“Many publishers embrace the idea of authors doing everything they can to maximize the visibility of their work, including maintaining a profile in sites like ResearchGate and Academia.edu,” says Charlie Rapple, co-founder and sales & marketing director of Kudos. “The challenge is to ensure sharing is copyright compliant, and to measure usage happening in such platforms so that authors, institutions, funders and others can easily gain a comprehensive understanding of the interest in and readership of an author’s work. Our new solution is an exciting step forward in terms of tackling this major industry challenge.”

The pilot also sees a new partnership between Kudos and innovative technology company ReadCube, whose read-only enhanced PDFs will feature as an option within the Kudos solution. “We’re delighted to partner with Kudos to help provide a simple solution to a problem that is becoming a growing challenge for readers and publishers alike,” said Robert McGrath, CEO of ReadCube.

The pilot runs through to the end of 2017; participation is limited, with a small number of seats remaining which will be offered on a first come, first served basis. There is no requirement to be a current Kudos customer to participate in the pilot. For more information please contact: charlie.a.rapple@growkudos.com.

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Contact: Charlie Rapple, charlie.a.rapple@growkudos.com, +44 1865 872527

About Kudos
160,000 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 100 publisher, institutional, society and corporate customers around the world. To find out more about Kudos, visit www.growkudos.com.

About ReadCube
ReadCube develops software to make the world of research more accessible and connected – serving researchers, publishers, academic and commercial organizations. ReadCube’s web, desktop, and mobile reference management apps, including ReadCube Papers, ReadCube Teams & ReadCube SmartCite, dramatically improve the way researchers find, organize, read, share, and cite research literature. With ReadCube’s advanced rights-managed content delivery technology, visualization solutions, and discovery features, ReadCube empowers publishing partners to tackle the technical challenges slowing the pace of innovation within their organizations. Harvard researchers Robert McGrath and Siniša Hrvatin founded ReadCube in 2007, which now has offices in Cambridge, MA and Zagreb, Croatia, and is supported by Digital Science, a technology division operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. To find out more about ReadCube, visit http://www.readcube.com.

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