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New Initiative to Help Authors Increase Research Impact
Kudos, a startup that provides a cross-publisher service to help researchers maximize the usage and impact of published articles, announced the launch of a pilot phase in which it is partnering with Taylor & Francis Group and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
“The growing range of article metrics is driving authors to take a greater interest in how easy it is to find, read and cite their work after publication,” says Melinda Kenneway, a publishing consultant who co-founded Kudos with fellow consultants David Sommer and Charlie Rapple. “But at the moment, authors are limited in what they can do to help improve the discoverability and readership of their work, and this is where Kudos will help.”
The need for Kudos arises from developments in global academic and research policies that will increasingly see evolving interpretations of "impact" used to assess researcher excellence. Publishers already invest editorial, marketing, and technological expertise in making research articles discoverable and useful, and now Kudos will further support this by helping leverage the expertise and connections of researchers themselves to further drive visibility and usage. Kudos aims to provide a highly automated, scalable service to help researchers and their institutions measure, monitor, and maximize the usage of and citations to their published articles, always linking back to the publishers’ authoritative version. Kudos also aims to broaden access and enable “strategic reading” by assisting authors in articulating the context of their published work, and enriching it with links to related resources.
Kudos’ founders will continue in their current consulting roles at TBI Communications Limited (Kenneway and Rapple) and David Sommer Consulting Ltd. (Sommer) while steering the project’s pilot phase. “Kudos’ pilot period is effectively a research experiment,” says Sommer. “At this stage, we have a range of ideas that may help researchers and their institutions increase the readership and impact of their published articles. The pilot phase allows us to test and measure the effectiveness of these ideas with real data and authors, to help us shape the ongoing development of the Kudos service.”
Kudos is seeking partners for its beta phase (from late 2013). Any publishers or institutions that are interested in participating can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. News updates are available at www.growkudos.com.
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