How to get the most out of Kudos: For authors
Posted on May 17, 2017
by Megan Ainsworth
Kudos is a web-based service that aims to help increase the
visibility and impact of research and build academic reputations. It is
free for researchers.
How does Kudos increase the impact of your research?
Your research has been published and with the aim of increasing
readership, you have shared or promoted it across various online
channels; how can you be sure what works?
Kudos is designed to be a central independent system from which to
manage communications for your publications wherever you publish and/or
whichever “channel’ you use to communicate, bringing together different
metrics to understand which actions are driving results.
independent system…bringing together metrics to understand which
actions are driving results.”
There are 3 simple steps towards increasing the impact of your research; explain, share and measure.
Claim and explain your article. Once registered with Kudos (you can
use your ORCID if you have one) you will be able to find your
publication and ‘claim’ it. Explain your article by adding a plain
language summary to make it more discoverable - which means more usage
and more citations. For example if your title is long with a narrow
focus, plain language impact statements make articles appeal more to
other researchers in different fields, increasing the reach of the
article. Tip: Use language that will be comprehensible to non-academics or researchers in other fields.
At this stage, you can add links to related resources that help to
bring your work to life, set it in context, or drive further research
(code, methods, data, slides, video, press coverage, blog postings
By explaining and enriching your article, you are making it easier for:
- People using non-specialist terms to find otherwise “hidden” works - increasing cross-disciplinary readership and citations.
- People within your field to skim and scan more publications.
- People in adjacent fields to understand the relevance of your work to what they are doing.
- People outside academia to get a handle on research and apply it in non-academic ways.
- Non-English speakers – ensuring your work has impact globally.
Share your article. You have enriched your article by adding a plain
language summary and related resources, and you are ready to share your
work across different social channels. Kudos generates ‘trackable’
links for you to share via your email, web and social networks. This
gives you a unique insight into which tools/channels are most effective.
On average, authors who make use of Kudos’ sharing tools receive 23% higher downloads of their work.
Measure the impact of your activity through comprehensive
personalised metrics. The personal metrics dashboard in Kudos allows you
to see all your claimed article metrics together on one page on My
Dashboard – which can be accessed under the My Tools drop-down menu.
Minimal effort, great results…
On average, it takes just 15 minutes to complete these 3 simple
steps; a very acceptable duration of time to increase usage and
If you have recently had an article published in a Liverpool University Press journal, you can register with Kudos and begin using the service immediately, completely free of charge.
How to get the most out of Kudos: For authors – Liverpool University Press