New faces: Steve Smith and Laura Simonite join Kudos

March 16 2016 / By Charlie Rapple

March 16th, 2016 – Kudos (, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, is delighted to welcome two new members to its growing team.

Steve Smith joins Kudos in the role of Institutional Sales Manager. Steve has substantial experience in selling research software and intelligence systems, from previous roles at Thomson, Proquest and OCLC. He will be responsible for helping staff in university libraries and research offices learn about and sign up to Kudos for Institutions, which provides a central and actionable view onto how and where researchers communicate around their work, and to what effect. This enables institutions to understand and amplify the role that researchers play in building the visibility of their work.

Laura Simonite joins Kudos as Account Manager, in which role she will look after the day-to-day needs of our more than 60 publisher partners. Laura’s previous roles at an academic publisher (Taylor & Francis) and a publishing software company (Exact Editions) mean she understands well the technical, publishing and academic worlds with which Kudos intersects, and she is well-equipped to help Kudos publishers understand and apply the insights Kudos offers them about their authors’ outreach activities.

Steve will join the Kudos team at the forthcoming UKSG Conference (11-13 April in Bournemouth, UK) while Laura will attend the London Book Fair (12-14 April in London, UK). The wider Kudos team will also attend a range of forthcoming events; please let us know if you’d like to catch up with (or meet Steve and Laura!) at any of the following:

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Charlie Rapple
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Over 75,000 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.

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