About Us

Without dissemination, research has no impact.

Kudos was developed to help researchers ensure their publications get found, read and cited in a world of information overload.

Founded in 2013 by three publishing and technology professionals, Kudos has gone from strength to strength, winning major industry prizes for innovation. Today, Kudos is used by researchers all over the world to build global readership and attention for their work.

Kudos works with publishers, universities, corporations, funders, metrics-providers and other intermediaries to help aggregate efforts around researchers to build impact for their work. By doing so we help strengthen partnerships between researchers and their affiliated organizations and other service-providers.

Kudos is the only platform dedicated to dissemination across the multiple networks and channels available to researchers for sharing information about their work. We are also the only platform that aggregates all the most relevant metrics about that work in one place, and maps outreach activities against those metrics. A recent study has shown that explaining and sharing via Kudos takes on average 10 minutes and leads to 23% higher growth in full-text downloads.

We are independent and let results speak for themselves - through Kudos researchers, and the organisations that support them, can determine where and how to spend their time to best effect.

Kudos. Mobilize Your Research.

Meet the Team

Melinda Kenneway

Melinda Kenneway

Executive Director and Co-founder

I have worked in the scholarly communications industry for over twenty five years, and am passionate about supporting change that helps make research more accessible and effective. After completing my degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, I quickly fell into academic publishing, specialising in marketing. I have held Board-level positions with the Journals Division of Oxford University Press and Bioscientifica. I also founded the industry's leading marketing agency - TBI Communications. I co-founded Kudos in 2013 to help transform research communications - utilising the powerful new channels that are emerging, together with new metrics of reach and impact, to help researchers optimise their time in increasing readership and citations for their work.

Charlie Rapple

Charlie Rapple

Sales & Marketing Director and Co-founder

I'm a geek marketer, and have spent my whole career at the cutting edge of the scholarly communications sector. I have an insatiable interest in new techniques and technologies, about which I speak and write regularly. I'm passionate about breaking down barriers and improving relationships between everyone involved in research dissemination, and as such am an enthusiastic volunteer for the industry association UKSG. I am also an Associate Editor of Learned Publishing. I hold a BA from the University of Bristol and a postgraduate MDip in Marketing. Prior to co-founding Kudos, I was a strategic marketing consultant with TBI Communications, and had previously held various management roles at CatchWord, Ingenta and Publishing Technology.

David Sommer

David Sommer

Product Director and Co-founder

Products are my passion! I have over twenty years' experience in the global publishing industry, having held senior product, technology and sales roles at Blackwell Publishing and a board level position at Macmillan. I ran a successful publishing consultancy for six years and have worked with many leading publishers, societies, vendors and libraries in Europe, the US and the Middle East. I am actively involved in standards development and chair the COUNTER Executive Committee. I regularly chair and speak at industry events and serve on committees with ALPSP and UKSG. I hold an MA in Physics from The University of Oxford and an MBA from University College Dublin.

Brian Walters

Brian Walters

Head of Marketing

I joined the Kudos team in Oct 2018 as Head of Marketing to continue to accelerate the growth of researchers using Kudos. Having worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, business and professional services, entertainment and sport, I have over 20 years marketing experience, most recently within membership and professional associations. I am also currently the a Course Director for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and have also been a Non-Executive Director for Badminton England 2015-17. My previous roles have included Director of Business Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Head of Marketing at the British Medical Association (BMA). I am passionate about delivering customer centred innovation, content and integrated digital marketing.

Claire Kemp

Claire Kemp

Senior Account Manager

I have worked in the scholarly information sector for nearly a decade, initially at Oxford University Press and more recently for the publishing recruitment agency Atwood Tate. Passionate about scholarly communications and helping researchers maximise the impact of their work, I am really excited to work here at Kudos, building strong relationships with our clients, and helping them make the most of our service. I have an MSc in Computer Applications and my research focused on ways to improve the dissemination of Archaeological research.

Colin Caveney

Colin Caveney

Head of Publisher Business Development

From an initial career in multimedia and interactive TV, I found my way into scholarly publishing fourteen years ago and been enjoying my stay ever since. I have held various leadership roles at Semantico and HighWire, and have a passion for matching products and services with customers to ensure they deliver meaningful business impact. Away from the office, where time permits from the next DIY project or family days, I am interested in most sports and technology; even more so if they are combined, for my BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence I wrote a neural network to automatically recognise offside in football.

Henry Blyth

Henry Blyth

Software Engineer

I am a self-taught web developer with a focus on JavaScript and frontend development. However I have a keen interest in programming languages in general, so at Kudos I hope to learn more, like Ruby and Go. In my spare time I photograph and film music gigs for my friends, read JavaScript language proposals, and try to complete Nintendo games to 100%.

James Bloomer

James Bloomer

Chief Technology Officer

I am a software engineer with many years' experience of architecture, design, development and leading teams, having worked on a wide range of products in a variety of industries. I believe in cultivating a culture of continuous improvement in the teams that I work in, there's always more to learn about creating software. I love staying up to date with current software technology and processes, drawing on the collective experiences of the industry to pick the right tool to deliver value efficiently. I have a PhD in Particle Physics from The University of Birmingham, having studied Tau Leptons whilst working on the OPAL experiment at CERN.

Kevin Etienne

Kevin Etienne

Software Engineer

I am a self-taught software engineer with around a decade of experience. I help design and implement software solutions with different stacks, with my main strength being on backend and architecture. I program mainly in Python, Ruby and Javascript and I have experience with Java. I have a real passion for programming, I like learning, taking new challenges, the OSS communities, debugging and I'm very interested in LISP-like languages.

Lauren McNeill

Lauren McNeill

Marketing Manager

With a passion for all things marketing, I have worked for several start-up and small businesses, helping build brand awareness and increased user engagement, particularly via online channels such as social media. I enjoy pushing the boundaries and achieving the impossible! I hold a BA in Marketing Communications from the University of the West of England, and a CIM accredited Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Logan Scott

Logan Scott

Senior Product Manager

I am an experienced product manager with a background in both print and digital publishing. I have worked for small digital agencies and large, international publishers and have proven successful in creating strong and trusting relationship with both stakeholders and development teams. My portfolio of products includes a great variation from games-based learning applications and class presentation and management tools to a product delivery and user-management platform. I love good UX and am trained in Agile methodology. I will always work hard to stream-line development processes without losing focus of delivering sophisticated and user-friendly digital products. I am excited about the potential of digital products for the advancement of communication and the role of Kudos plays within scholarly publishing.

Pedro Brochado

Pedro Brochado

Software Engineer

Equipped with a BSc in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering I started my career in software engineering working a few years for major Portuguese companies on several industries like Banking, Telecommunications and Health. Almost 3 years ago I switched to the startup world and have been enjoying it ever since. By joining Kudos I'm sure I will learn a lot while I hope I can contribute with some my experience to achieve the company goals. If I'm not in front of a computer you might find me on the road either running or riding my bicycle.

Reut Leibovich Blat

Reut Leibovich Blat

User Interface Designer

I am a UI designer. With a wealth of experience as an Art Director in big and medium-sized advertising agencies, I was part of creative teams whose goal was to devise advertising campaigns according to various brand needs. My main focus in the last 8 years has been UX/UI design, employing a lean approach that delivers digital products simple in design and effective in results. Kudos' product answers a real need in the Academia and I’m excited about the opportunity to keep developing the product forward.

Rosie Collins

Rosie Collins

Academic Outreach Manager

Prior to joining Kudos I worked as a Research Development Manager, where I helped academics to develop their research from inception to application with strategic input, funding advice and support in developing high-quality proposals. I really enjoy working with the academic community, and have an appreciation for, and desire to help with the challenges they face in realising their research ambitions. I have a strong background in business development, both in the commercial sector and within higher education. I hold a BA in History from the University of Southampton.

Sam Carter

Sam Carter

Software Engineer

I'm a Software Developer with a background in Computer Science, specialising in Python and Ruby. I'm excited to be working for Kudos at such an exciting time for their service, enjoying the challenges of a growing company having spent many years in large corporations. With the rest of my time I'm also a qualified and practicing yoga teacher, as well as an active runner.

Teresa Carvill

Teresa Carvill

Accounts Officer

My accounting career initially covered several years in the corporate IT industry in UK, Norway and Spain, then I gained my digital publishing experience at Oxford University Press before finally making the bold switch to the exciting world of startups in Oxford. I am thrilled to join the fast paced innovative culture at Kudos. I am an AAT qualified bookkeeper and continue to progress with my accountancy studies, I also hold a BA in languages (French & Spanish) from Anglia Ruskin University and I am fluent in Norwegian.

Tim Little

Tim Little

Site Reliablity Engineer

I am an engineer with a background of managing infrastructure, teams and IT systems. Before starting Kudos I was managing an infrastructure operations team at an email service provider. I was responsible for the management of the servers and network. I am passionate about automation and reducing toil to increase productivity. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, music and running in obstacle races.

Tom Brice

Tom Brice

Software Engineer

I am a Software Engineer with a background in the arts, having graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Surrey in 2016. I started writing code alongside writing fiction, and have been gripped by it ever since. I am excited about expanding my knowledge, and the constantly evolving and challenging task of creating software provides endless opportunity to do so.

Advisors

  • Karen Aplin, Director of Physics Teaching Laboratories
    University of Oxford

  • Joanne Begiato, Professor of History
    Oxford Brookes University

  • Alison Banham, Professor of Haemato-oncology and Deputy Head of NDCLS
    University of Oxford

  • Ian Bannerman, Managing Director
    Taylor & Francis

  • Meloney Bartlett, Head of Publishing
    Emerald Group Publishing

  • Kevin Dolby, Evaluation Advisor
    Wellcome Trust

  • Toby Green, Head of Publishing
    OECD

  • Sally Hardy, Chief Executive
    Regional Studies Association

  • John Haynes, Vice President, Publishing
    American Institute of Physics

  • Giles Harrison, Professor of Atmospheric Physics
    University of Reading

  • Jane Harvell, Head of Academic Services & Special Collections
    University of Sussex

  • Leon Heward-Mills, Global Publishing Director
    Taylor & Francis

  • Andy Miah, Director, Chair in Science Communication & Digital Media
    University of Salford

  • Harpal Minhas, Managing Editor
    Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Anne Osterrieder, Lecturer in Biology and Science Communication
    Oxford Brookes University

  • Mark Patterson, Executive Director
    eLife

  • Stephen Pinfield, Senior Lecturer
    University of Sheffield

  • David Prosser, Executive Director
    RLUK

  • Peter Shepherd, Director
    COUNTER

  • Jane Tinkler, Senior Prize Manager
    Nine Dots Prize

  • Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant
    CIBER Research