Kudos: Support for increasing the reach and impact of your publications

Kudos is a free service that helps you maximize the reach and impact of your published work. It’s quick too – it takes on average 15 minutes to explain your work in plain language and share it via your email, web and social networks. This makes your work more visible and accessible, and enables you to track the effect of the different places you share it, against a range of metrics including full text downloads, altmetrics and citations.

By bringing together your communications activities with this range of publication metrics, Kudos is uniquely able to help you decide how and where to communicate about your work. In a pilot program, publications that were shared through the Kudos tools received on average 19% more downloads than those in a control group. Kudos is free and easy to use.

Register for Kudos at: www.growkudos.com/go/ncif

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Please contact the Scientific Library, if you have any questions about Kudos.

Kudos FAQ

  1. What is Kudos? A free web-based service for increasing the reach and impact of published research. Around 60,000 researchers are signed up to use Kudos, from over 10,000 institutions in over 200 countries.
  2. What do researchers have to do? Register, find a publication or two, explain them in plain language, and use Kudos to share them via your existing email, web and social networks – then sit back and watch the increase in usage! Kudos uniquely helps you to measure the effect of these actions on downloads, altmetrics and citations. Once you see the system working for your work, you can go back and find, explain and share other publications.
  3. What’s in it for me? Sharing your work, and creating simple descriptions that Kudos can share on your behalf, maximizes the likelihood of it being found and applied – both within, and beyond, your field. This helps increase its impact; in a pilot program, publications that were shared through the Kudos tools received on average 19% more downloads than those in a control group.
  4. How does this differ from other services that researchers use? Kudos is the only toolkit specifically designed to help you take control of the reach and impact of your published work, to provide tools and guidance for explaining and sharing your research for wider audiences, and to bring together in one place multiple datasets about the performance of your publications.
    • ORCID: gives you a unique identifier, and enables you to list your publications. If you have done this, you can connect your ORCID and Kudos accounts to save you doing this part of the process again when you use Kudos to explain and share your work. More information on ORCID
    • ResearchGate: allows you to create a profile but does not provide tools for increasing the reach and impact of your work, and does not bring in metrics from other systems to give you a one-stop view of how your publications are performing.
  5. What evidence supports the Kudos concept?

    August 2016 article from Nature about Kudos

    A number of interesting studies build the case for Kudos, for example:
  6. • Publications with shorter / simpler titles attract more citations: • Lay communication contributes to scientific impact: • Using social media can increase citations and use: • Adding related resources can increase citations.