50,000 researchers signed up to Kudos

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Kudos has announced that 50,000 researchers have now signed up to use its service.

The researchers represent a broad range of subject areas; an early bias towards STEM subjects (reflecting the strengths of Kudos’ original publisher partners) is gradually balancing out as the company’s publisher and institutional services gain more traction – more than 40 publishers and 10 institutions are now working with Kudos.

Approximately 83 per cent of Kudos users have indicated the country in which they predominantly work; of these, 44 per cent are in Europe, 26 per cent are in Asia, 19 per cent are in North America, 5 per cent are in Australia, 3 per cent are in Africa and 3 per cent in South America.

Further, approximately 82 per cent of Kudos users have indicated their career level; of these, 87 per cent are in academic roles with (for example) 34 per cent indicating that they are professors, 18 per cent faculty members, 8 per cent lecturers and 7 per cent post-docs.

The free Kudos toolkit provides researchers with a central platform from which to manage outreach around their publications, across multiple publishers and communication channels, and to map the effects of this against a range of relevant metrics.

Researchers can explain their work in plain language and enrich it with links to contextual resources, before generating trackable links for sharing via email, web and social networks. These actions are then mapped against clicks, views, downloads, altmetrics and citations to provide a holistic understanding of which channels are most effective for broadening the reach and impact of publications.