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.

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.

Greg Joy

Greg Joy

Software Engineer

I am a full stack enthusiast, passionate about making ambitious ideas a reality. Armed with a BSc Hons degree in Network Computing from Oxford Brookes and industry experience developing on the web, I relish this opportunity to work and grow with the team at Kudos on helping develop this ground breaking product.

James Bloomer

James Bloomer

Head of Technology

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.

Jenni Crosskey

Jenni Crosskey

Financial Controller

Having worked in book production at Oxford University Press for 10 years, I began retraining in finance in 2014. Since then I have become an AAT qualified and CIMA part-qualified professional accountant. As such, Kudos felt like the perfect match for my experience and it is a pleasure to work in such an agile environment. I hold a BA in classical music from the University of Oxford, and have also worked at Elsevier and the University of Oxford. My accountancy studies continue to progress alongside my role at Kudos.

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.

Laura Simonite

Laura Simonite

Senior Account Manager

I started my career with a digital platform start-up, working primarily with magazines and journals and have been interested in the digital publishing industry ever since! I recently completed an MA Publishing with Oxford Brookes, with the aim of becoming more involved in the scholarly side of publishing. Having spent some time working in the digital communications department of a global professional Standards organisation before moving into international sales with Taylor & Francis, I’m looking forward to using these experiences to build great relationships with Kudos’s publishing clients, helping them to make the most of the service.

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 I’m currently completing a CIM Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Oxford College of Marketing.

Lianne Moncur

Lianne Moncur

Sales Support Executive

I am a passionate and hard working individual with a BSc in Psychology from The University of Portsmouth. Having gained extensive experience within clinical and project co-ordination, I am delighted to have joined Kudos in the scholarly communications industry. I am extremely keen to bring my pro-active and organized personality to the organization and I feel that working with Kudos is an exciting opportunity to flex and further develop my skills on so many levels. I cannot wait to explore and grow with this dynamic company in such an exciting field.

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.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Sales Manager

I have more than a dozen years in academic publishing and the library world in various forms, and it is a true pleasure to be part of the explosion of innovation at Kudos! After graduating with a BA in Classics at Durham University, and realising that it might not necessarily lead directly to an obvious job in any particular profession, I took an English-teaching course and spent some years teaching in Poland. The time I spent in a rural location over there attempting to converse with the locals paid off, when Emerald offered me the chance to represent the company in Central and Eastern Europe. I have also held sales roles with Publishing Technology, ProQuest, OCLC and Thomson Reuters, covering Europe, Middle East and Africa, working with libraries and research offices across a range of technology solutions. When I’m not at work, I’m often terrorising people’s eardrums with my trombone playing. I promise not to bring it to any meetings with me.

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

  • Richard Hewitt, Chief Financial Officer
    PLOS

  • 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