Curated showcase of plain language summaries will help more people find and understand research about infectious diseases
A group of scholarly publishers is today launching a major new website to explain research about pandemics and infectious diseases to the public, policy makers, media, and other audiences within and beyond academia.
COVID and Beyond: Living with Pandemics has been sponsored by Kudos, Impact Science, the American Chemical Society, AIP Publishing, De Gruyter, Hindawi, SAGE Publishing, the University of Toronto Press, and Wolters Kluwer Health.
The showcase provides professionally-written plain-language summaries of research on topics ranging from prevention and diagnosis, to welfare and innovation.
The initiative is based on the ‘knowledge cooperative’ model developed by research communication companies Kudos and Impact Science. The model ensures more people find, understand and act on research into topics that affect the general public, or that require behavioural change. The cooperative approach means information from multiple publishers and universities can be gathered in one place, explained and presented in a consistent way, making it easier for non-specialists to explore and absorb.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst in many areas of research, from wearable technologies to identity politics,” says Charlie Rapple, co-founder of Kudos and the driving force behind the knowledge cooperatives. “Our success in tackling future pandemics depends on how well we learn from this one. We need to make sure that all those with a role to play – from policy makers to each of us as individuals – can understand and act on relevant research.”
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About the Climate Change Knowledge Cooperative
COVID and Beyond: Living with Pandemics is a one-stop shop for trustworthy information about coronavirus, pandemics and other respiratory, zoonotic and viral. It provides easy-to-understand explanations of key articles and books from 10 scholarly publishing organizations. The approach is designed to make sure that information is comprehensible to and acted on by the broadest possible audience. The project is led by research communication specialists Kudos and Impact Science, in partnership with the American Chemical Society, De Gruyter, Hindawi, SAGE Publishing, University of Toronto Press, and Wolters Kluwer Health.
Over 400,000 researchers have signed up to use Kudos’ services for accelerating and broadening research impact. The company’s toolkits help to showcase research to broader audiences, and provides researchers, research organizations and publishers with guidance and insight around the channels and activities that are most effective for reaching and engaging target audiences. To find out more about Kudos, visit www.growkudos.com
About Impact Science
Impact Science is a part of Cactus Communications (CACTUS), a technology company accelerating scientific advancement. With over 18 years of experience in helping researchers all over the world overcome publication barriers, we have an in-depth understanding of the research landscape and what’s needed to help research make an impact. Founded in 2019, Impact Science is CACTUS’s research communication brand. We offer solutions for science dissemination and engagement with peers, public, and policymakers for wider research outreach. We work with publishers, academic societies, universities and research institutes, and life science organizations, distil and present their breakthroughs, and disseminate it across platforms. To find out more about Impact Science, visit www.impact.science/.