Kudos User Guide

1. Registration

Kudos is free for researchers to use to increase the usage and citations of your publications. To set up an account go to the website: http://www.growkudos.com and click on Join in the top right corner of the screen. Complete the New Users section. Select career stage and country from the drop down menus. For your affiliation, start typing your institution’s name in that box exactly as it is formally known (e.g. University of Oxford rather than Oxford University) and an automatic match search will be done, and present options to you – select your correct affiliation. It is very important that you add this field and that the name is displayed correctly, as we can then identify you as belonging to that institution, who then may do further work to help increase the impact of your publications. Check the Terms and Conditions and if you are happy to proceed, click Sign Up.

2. Help Desk

Click on Help (always shown on the right side of the screen) at any point in using the service for access to our online help desk. Alternatively, select Contact Us from the main menu in the top right corner of the screen.

3. Sign In and Sign Out

If you have already set up an account you can Sign In straight away (either from the registration page or from the ‘sign in’ option shown at the top right of the screen throughout the Kudos site). You can Sign In either with your email address and password or with your email address and Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Your name will appear at the top right of the screen when you are logged in. To Sign Out, go to the main menu and select Sign Out from the options.

4. Claiming Publications

You can Claim articles/publications by clicking on Add Publications on your My Profile page or by entering your name and/or the DOI/keywords from your publication title in the Search page in the main menu. The more information you enter the better the results that will be returned.

5. Kudos Publication Profile Page

When you Claim a publication through Kudos, we will automatically collate and present to you information about that publication on the Kudos Publication Profile Page. This is also where the main Kudos Publication Performance Improvement tools can be accessed.

6. Accessing your Publication Metrics

Once you’ve claimed a publication you will be able to view its available metrics (click on the Publication Metrics button shown to the right of the title on the Kudos Publication Profile Page). These are not publicly available – you and other registered co-authors who’ve also claimed the publication can view these. You can also link directly to the full text of your publication on the publisher’s site via the Read Publication button to the right of the title on the Kudos Publication Profile Page. You can see all your claimed article metrics together on one page on your Author Dashboard – shown to registered users of Kudos with claimed articles under your main menu menu.

7. Using the Kudos Tools

Once Signed In, a menu item will appear by your name in the top right hand corner of the screen. Click on this to access a drop down menu of the items your account is authorised to access. This will include a link to the general Search page to Claim Publications, a link to Your Profile and Author Dashboard, and a link to Manage your Account.

The key steps to ‘maximizing publication performance’ are shown on the Kudos Publication Profile Page for all claimed publications. To follow these steps, claim a publication, which takes you to the Kudos profile page for that publication. There you will have access to fields where you can enter information (What’s it about?, Why is it important?, Perspective), link resources, and share a coded link via email, and/or post an announcement about your publication to your social media accounts (where you have authorised this) by accessing the button Share Publication. Return to this page at any time to add additional information; once claimed this is most easily done via the Author Dashboard.

8. Setting up a Profile

You can set up a personal Profile on Kudos as soon as you have Registered – either when you claim a publication (this option will be available to you on the Kudos Publication Profile Page if you haven’t previously set up a profile). Alternatively you can access this under the main menu - My Account. You have the option to upload a photo and update/change your affiliation information. All publications that you Claim will be listed against your profile, as will Co-authors (based on articles you have claimed). Author profile pages are publicly available.

9. Author dashboard

Select Author Dashboard from the main menu, which displays when you are Signed In. The Author Dashboard will show you all your claimed publications, together on one page, with the actions you have taken and results. Click on columns in the summary table to sort these. Click on Improve my Results to access tips on how to increase readership and citations.

Click on publication titles to see more in-depth performance graphs. Mouse-over letters on the graphs to see how these results link to your activities. On that same page you can access an activity log (adding metadata, linking resources, sharing etc.) of all the actions you have taken relating to that publication.

10. Manage Account

Access Manage Account under your Signed In name at the top right of the screen. Here you can edit your profile and change your password.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Kudos?

Kudos is a web-based service that helps researchers and their institutions and funders increase the visibility and impact of their publications – such as research articles, books and book chapters.

2. Who is Kudos for?

Kudos is for researchers who want assistance with increasing usage of and citation to their publications. Kudos is also for institutions and funders looking to increase the impact of the research that they fund, and for publishers wanting to develop closer relationships with their author communities and increase publication performance.

3. How does Kudos work?

Researchers register to use Kudos and are then led through various steps that prompt them to explain their publications; add context and enrich them with links to resources such as images and data; and share information about their publications via social networks and email. The Kudos platform distributes the additional author-added content and links to aid discoverability of publications. Kudos also enables researchers to track the effect of their actions against a wide range of metrics. Institutional and publisher-based support tools are available.

4. How much does Kudos cost?

The basic Kudos service is free for researchers to use; publishers, funders and institutions pay a fee for access to support tools, information on publication performance and author sharing effectiveness within Kudos, and also to supplement the data set available to help authors evaluate the impact of their use of the Kudos tools.

5. Why should I register?

With over one million research articles published every year, it’s getting more difficult to get important publications the attention they deserve. Kudos helps authors explain, add links to and share their work in a way that helps bring it to the attention of their peers, the media, and broader audiences both within and beyond their specialist communities.

Kudos also enables authors, their institutions, funders and publishers to measure the effect of these activities for ongoing publication performance improvement. This will become increasingly important as authors are increasingly assessed based on the usage of and citations to individual publications (articles, book chapters etc.) as opposed to more general measures of performance such as journal impact factors.

6. Are all of my publications included?

Kudos can be used for any publication for which a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) has been registered with CrossRef. DOIs are a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when your article, book or book chapter is published and made available electronically. You don’t need to know your DOIs to use Kudos, simply use the search box to type in your name and keywords from your publication titles to find, claim them, and start using the Kudos tools to improve their usage and citations.

7. Can I invite my co-authors to join?

Yes, you can invite co-authors to register and claim publications that they have authored with you. They can also add links and share information about their publications through their networks. The impact of these activities will further increase your publication metrics, so you should encourage co-authors to also use the Kudos tools where possible, to help maximize your publication performance.

8. Are full-text articles included on Kudos?

No – Kudos draws together key bibliographic information about your publication on each Kudos Publication Profile Page, but this is simply for the purposes of assisting you in using the tools to explain, enrich and share your work to increase its usage and impact. Each Kudos Publication Profile Page links directly to the authoritative version of your publication on the publisher’s site, where the full-text can be downloaded directly, subject to the access rights of the reader and the licensing policies of the publisher.

9. What happens to the data I add to Kudos?

Researchers using Kudos can add short titles, lay summaries and impact statements and link these to their publications. Authors retain copyright of this data under a CC-BY licence, and grant Kudos a licence to distribute this to third parties (e.g. abstracting and indexing services, research subject repositories etc.) to increase the discoverability of your work. Authors can edit/remove this data from the Kudos site at any time.

Researchers can also link related resources to their publications – such as videos, images, blog entries and presentations. These must be hosted and available on a third party site (e.g. YouTube, Wordpress, Flickr etc.). We may provide those links to third parties (e.g. the publisher of your work) in relation to your publications to further improve their discoverability and enhance readers’ experience by exposing them to other material that helps gives context to your work. Authors can edit/remove these links from the Kudos site at any time.

10. What metrics does Kudos make available to authors?

Kudos provides several different types of metrics for publications:

  • Share referrals show the number of visits to your publication page that your sharing activities by email and online media have generated;

  • Kudos views show the total number of visits to your publication page on the Kudos site;

  • Click throughs show the number of click throughs to the publisher site;

  • Publication views (where provided by participating publishers) show the number of times your publication’s abstract has been clicked on/read online at the publisher’s site;

  • Full text downloads (where provided by participating publishers) show the number of times your publication has been downloaded/read online from the publisher’s site;

  • Altmetric score is a representation of the amount of interest your publication has attracted across news outlets and social media sites (see our Guide to Altmetric);

  • Web of Science® Times Cited contains “Times Cited” counts from Thomson Reuters Web of Science™. This means that in addition to seeing how many times your publication has been viewed on the Kudos site and on the publisher site, and in addition to seeing its Altmetric score, you can also see how many times it has been cited, and link through to Web of Science™ to see a list of the citing articles.

11. Why is there no usage data available for my publication?

Usage data (abstract views and downloads from the publisher’s site) is provided by participating publishers. We are constantly expanding the number of publishers providing this data to Kudos, and this information is then immediately added to Kudos. Please email us at: info@growkudos.com to suggest publishers that you’d particularly like included. Alternatively, please contact your publisher directly and ask them to consider participation in Kudos.

12. Why have the metrics not updated immediately?

Kudos loads and tracks data from a number of different sources - most of the metrics on the Author Dashboard and Publication Metrics pages update within 24 hours, so please check back soon to see the impact of your explaining, enriching and sharing.

13. What is the citation data which appears on my dashboard?

Your author dashboard contains “Times Cited” counts from Thomson Reuters Web of Science™. This means that in addition to seeing how many times your publication has been viewed on the Kudos site and on the publisher site, and in addition to seeing its Altmetric score, you can also see how many times it has been cited, and link through to Web of Science™ to see a list of the citing articles. Web of Science™ Times Cited figures are based on citations counted during indexing of the thousands of publications in Web of Science™ – which includes databases such as Medline, INSPEC, FSTA, CAB Abstracts, Biosis and more. Of course, the dataset does not include every publication that might generate citations, so the citation counts you see in Kudos may differ to those you see in other services that calculate citations based on a different set of sources. Following the links to the records in Web of Science™ will enable you to see which citations are included in these counts. The Kudos team continue to review other metrics that we might add to our dashboards to help make them as useful as possible to you. Please feel free to share your ideas with us.

14. What is ORCID and why should I connect my ORCID iD to my Kudos account?

ORCID provides identifying codes for authors of research works. Researchers can use the ORCID system to create a unique ID and associate their publications with it, and thereby ensure that they are not confused with similarly named authors of other works. The partnership between Kudos and ORCID saves you time: you can manage your list of publications in a single place ORCID, and progress more quickly in Kudos to the tools that help you increase research and impact. To find out more about the partnership between Kudos and ORCID and how to maximise the benefits for you please visit our ORCID FAQS.

15. What makes Kudos different to ResearchGate, Academia.edu and other academic networking sites?

Kudos is not a networking site – we provide authors with tools to explain, enrich and share their publications to increase usage and impact. The author dashboard shows the direct results of this work on their publication-level metrics. We uniquely bring together publisher-generated data on publication performance with other metrics such as citations and altmetrics. Kudos is the only service that presents these metrics across multiple publishers and publications, and provides tools to improve them.

Although we collect basic data about an author for a ‘profile’ as part of our service, this is simply designed to give context to their publications as opposed to offering networking opportunities, or creating a CV of broader research experience and interests. Kudos fits well with academic networking sites – authors can choose to share information about their publications within them (and other social media channels) such as these – Kudos facilitates and reports on the impact of this.

16. What makes Kudos different to Impact Story, Altmetric, Plum Analytics and other publication-level metric providers?

Kudos doesn’t originate any of the metrics that we use to help researchers assess the performance of their publications and sharing activities. These are all provided by independent third parties such as publishers (usage data) and altmetric data providers (such as Altmetric.com). We only display these metrics to authors of publications when they claim them within Kudos, and/or to institutional/publisher subscribers. They are not publicly available. Kudos uses this data for the purpose of helping authors, publishers, funders and institutions assess which kinds of sharing activities are most effective for increasing the metrics that matter to them.

17. Will Kudos actually make a difference to my publications?

Evidence suggests the tools provided by Kudos can directly increase publication usage and citations. The Altmetrics Team at the Centre for HEalthy and Sustainable CitieS (CHESS), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (www.altmetrics.ntuchess.com) analyzed data from the first two years’ usage of Kudos and determined that researchers’ use of the Kudos toolkit is correlated to 23% higher downloads of the full text on the publisher site for those publications. Many other studies have shown that using social networks to share information about publications, and linking videos and data to articles can help increase citations, as does having a short title. Kudos will be tracking the effectiveness of all the tools we offer and will provide ongoing information to registered users on their overall effectiveness. In this way we aim to work with our users to help focus their time on those activities within Kudos that have most impact on increasing publication usage and citations.

18. Is there a service for institutions and funders?

Kudos provides tools for universities, research organizations, corporations and funders through which they can support their research communities in growing their readership for their publications, and in turn maximize the impact of their research investment. Please contact us for further information at: info@growkudos.com.

19. How can publishers participate?

Kudos offers publishers two levels of participation for an annual subscription fee. Basic participation comprises automatic claiming of publications for your authors through the Kudos service and provision of usage data to your authors, to enhance the information available to them in increasing the performance of their publications. Full participation further includes publisher branding within the system and access to a dashboard that gives publication and publisher-level intelligence on author sharing activities, benchmarking reports, and provision of a widget through which author-added metadata and links can be provided back to the publisher for a variety of uses to help further promote the author and their publications. Costs for both levels of participation depend on the size of the publisher. Please contact us at: info@growkudos.com for further information and a quotation.

20. Is an API available?

Yes, an API is available to third parties (on request and subject to certain criteria) through which author-generated links and metadata can be made freely available for inclusion in discovery services and other sites that can help increase the impact of research publications.

21. When I want to share by email, why is my email text not copying to the clipboard on my computer?

This functionality requires that you have flash installed on your computer. Many computers will already have Flash installed. If your computer does not, the free plugin available here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer. If you are using a tablet or smartphone, please select the text and copy it as you normally do for other applications.

22. Where can I find Kudos Widgets?

There are two Kudos Widgets available to be used online on web pages, publisher platforms and online channels. The Kudos Publication Widget - one will allow you to represent your short title, lay summary and impact statement where present in the Kudos and the Kudos Resources Widget presents the resources you have added to the publication on Kudos. To view the instructions and how to add them to your page in HTML, see Kudos Widgets.

23. Why have I seen a jump in my publication Altmetric score?

On Tuesday 16th December 2014, we made a change to how we handle scores with decimal places - as per Altmetric guidance, we now round up all scores with decimal places to the whole number - for example, 1.1 is rounded up to 2. This means that we will consistently show the same number as Altmetric donuts, whereas previously we rounded down rather than up - 1.1 would have be 1. Altmetric round up so if you are a small level of activity e.g. a score of 0.2 - this would round up to 1 rather than round down to 0.

24. How do I unclaim a publication from my profile?

If you wish to remove a publication from your profile please access the publication page and click on the Unclaim Publication button on the right hand side of the page.

25. How can I cancel my account?

If you would like to cancel your account with us, please contact our Help Desk.

Alternatively, you can email us at info@growkudos.com

26. How can I opt out of newsletters?

If you would like to manage your Kudos email subscription, you can do so by accessing Manage Account in the main menu and clicking on Manage your email subscription preferences.

Kudos Widgets

There are three Kudos Widgets available for you to use on web pages, blog pages, publisher platforms and other online channels. The Kudos Publication Widget allows you to embed enhanced publication details including the title, lay summary and impact statement where present. The Kudos Resources Widget lists resources that have been added to the publication in Kudos. The Use Kudos widgets can be used to prompt authors to enhance their publication on Kudos by providing details such as title, lay summary and impact statement and will only appear for publications which do not have a lay summary or an impact statement on Kudos.

Note that widgets are responsive, just wrap the script tag in a container element (div is fine) and its width as you wish.

1. How to embed the Kudos Publication Widget

In your HTML page, simply include a <script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/article/DOI"></script> tag, replacing the "DOI" with that of the publication you wish to link to. DOI is the Digital Object Identifier and can be found on the Kudos Publication page.

N.B. the "//" in the url ensures that the widget can function over both http and https protocols.

You can specify the following parameters for this widget: omit_icons will remove the icon next to the What's it about? and Why is it important? paragraphs - useful for narrow width integrations. omit_read_more_btn will remove the "Read more on Kudos..." button from the bottom.

You can pass these GET parameters by adding them to the address of the widget, e.g. ?omit_icons=true, ?omit_read_more_btn=true or ?omit_read_more_btn=true&omit_icons=true for both at the same time. One complete example in this case would be <script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/article/DOI?omit_icons=true"></script>.

2. How to embed the Kudos Resources Widget

In your HTML page, simply include a <script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/resources/DOI"></script> tag, replacing "DOI" with that of the publication resources you wish to present. DOI is the Digital Object Identifier and can be found on the Kudos Publication page.

You can specify the one parameter for this widget: omit_read_more_btn will remove the "Read more on Kudos..." button from the bottom.

You can pass this GET parameter by adding it to the address of the widget, e.g. ?omit_read_more_btn=true . The complete example in this case would be <script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/resources/DOI?omit_read_more_btn=true"></script>.

3. How to embed the Use Kudos Widget

In your HTML page, simply include a <script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/use_kudos/DOI"></script> tag, replacing "DOI" with that of the publication resources you wish to present. DOI is the Digital Object Identifier and can be found on the Kudos Publication page.

N.B. the "//" in the url ensures that the widget can function over both http and https protocols.

This widget does not support any parameters at the moment.

4. Kudos Publication Widget example

<script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/article/10.1371/journal.pone.0062325"></script>

5. Kudos Resources Widget example

<script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/resources/10.1371/journal.pone.0062325"></script>

6. Use Kudos Widget example

<script src="//api.growkudos.com/widgets/use_kudos/10.1111/padm.12163"></script>

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