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Kudos for Researchers: Explain, enrich and share your work easily

Science Communication of the D-CHAB (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences) is working with a new service called Kudos, to help you maximize the reach and impact of your published work. It is quick to use – you need to invest just a few minutes explaining your work in plain language, enriching it with links to materials that add context, and sharing it via your social, web and e-mail networks.

This makes your work more accessible, and helps ensure it is found, read and applied by people all over the world, both within and beyond your field. Kudos uniquely demonstrates the results of your activities – the effect on downloads, altmetrics and citations – to help you decide how best to use its tools. 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; get started please register here:
(Please note that this link is customized for the D-CHAB, so please do not share!)

For more details, visit, watch this short introductory video or read through the FAQ below.

Dr. Joachim Schnabl, Science Communication D-CHAB
Dr. Oliver Renn, Head Science Communication D-CHAB

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Kudos? A web-based service for increasing the reach and impact of published research. Around 40,000 researchers are signed up to use Kudos, from over 10,000 institutions in over 200 countries.
  2. Why is the D-CHAB participating? We are exploring different ways to support our researchers, and helping to encourage innovation in this space.
  3. What do researchers have to do? Create a profile, claim publications*, explain them in plain language, enrich them with related materials, share them via social media and email – sit back and watch the increase in usage! Kudos uniquely helps you to measure the effect of these actions on downloads, altmetrics and citations.
    *Very easy to do when you have already an ORCID ID with your publications. Ask us for support.
  4. What’s in it for me? Sharing your work, and creating simple descriptions that we and 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.
  5. What evidence supports the Kudos concept? A number of interesting studies build the case for Kudos, for example:
    Publications with shorter / simpler titles attract more citations (doi:10.1258/shorts.2009.100020 and doi: 10.6061/clinics/2012(05)17)
    ‘Lay’ communication also contributes to scientific impact (doi:10.1056/NEJM199110173251620 and doi: 10.1177/1077699014550092)
    Using social media can increase citations (doi: 10.2196/jmir.2012) and usage (Journal of Digital Humanities and doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068914)
    Adding related resources can increase citations (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000308 and doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.1v1)
  6. It’s a pilot – what happens when it ends? The researcher service is free so you will still be able to use it. The only thing that would end is our institutional access to reports on which publications are being worked on in Kudos, and to what effect.
  7. How does this differ from other services that researchers are encouraged to use? Kudos is the only toolkit specifically designed to: help you take control of the reach and impact of your published work; provide tools and guidance for explaining and sharing your research for wider audiences bring together in one place multiple datasets about the performance of your publications.

Compare Kudos with:

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.
ResearchGate / Academia: allow you to create a profile but do not provide tools for increasing the reach and impact of your work, and do not bring in metrics from other systems to give you a one-stop view of how your publications are performing.
Google Scholar Profiles, ImpactStory, Altmetric: allow you to claim your publications and see metrics for them but do not give you tools for increasing their reach and impact