Use Kudos to increase your article downloads

Achieving publication used to be the ultimate goal for any author. These days, with so much published literature available online, that’s only part of the story – you still need to ensure your work is found, read and cited.

We have partnered with Kudos, a free, web-based service that provides easy-to-use tools and advice to help you maximise your work’s visibility. You can also monitor the impact of your activities on citations, downloads and altmetrics (discussion of your work in the media, social media, and policy documents). Best of all, Kudos has been shown to increase publication downloads by more than 20%.*  

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How does Kudos benefit me?

  • Higher readership and increased visibility and impact for publications (all traffic generated by Kudos is directed via DOI linking to the full text version of your work). 
  • An easy-to-use toolkit, supporting the addition of enriched metadata and contextual information to maximise discoverability of articles.
  • Guidance and support on how to use both traditional and social media to raise awareness of articles.
  • Access to article-level metrics from multiple publishers, altmetrics, and citation data, allowing you to assess the impact of your actions.
  • Access to benchmarking tools, so that you can quickly compare your activity against your peers. 

How do I use Kudos?

It only takes a moment to sign up for Kudos. Once you’ve registered for your free account, just click on Add Publications on your My Profile page to search for the publications you want to promote. You can also connect your ORCID profile if you have one. The next three steps are easy – we’ve outlined them here. And, once you are on the Kudos site, you’ll find plenty of tips to guide you along the way.

1. Explain your work in plain language

Think about how you would describe your findings or ideas to family and friends.  A simple title, summary and helpful links will increase the chances of your publication being found and understood by people outside your field - perhaps even opening the door to new interdisciplinary collaborations. It is also more likely to be read by the media, funders, policy makers or even the public.

2. Share this explanation of your work

Once you have written your summary, visit the Share tab on your Kudos publication page and create a trackable link. Using that link whenever you promote your summary ensures that however you choose to share, you can track the effect of your activity and discover which forms of communication perform best. Kudos also shares content and links across discovery channels (such as search engines and subject indexes) to increase readership.

3. Measure the effect on readership and citations

Kudos tracks a range of metrics including citations, downloads and altmetrics. Visit the Metrics tab of your Kudos publication page to see how many times:

  • You shared your work
  • The link you shared was accessed
  • Your Kudos publication page was viewed
  • People have clicked through from Kudos to the full text on Emerald’s website
  • Your work has been cited (according to Web of Science)

You can also view the current Altmetric score for your publication.

*Based on a comparison of median average downloads for publications in a control group (where authors had not explained or shared the work via Kudos) against those in the treatment group, which had used Kudos. The study was carried out by independent analysts at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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