Helping Scientists Spread Their Research

A platform called Kudos helps users disseminate—and explain—their publications for free.

Aug 1, 2016
Alison F. Takemura

PEXELS, ERIC BAILEYAn author can feel lost in the vast sea of scientific publications. How can she make her publication stand out, or bring it to the attention of her peers—and policy makers? The U.K.-based company behind an online platform called Kudos aims to streamline the publication-sharing process by putting a scientific paper in a personalized context.

With Kudos, users create something akin to a profile page for a given publication. From that launch pad, they can describe their work and its importance. The platform allows users to link out to related resources, such as relevant papers and blog posts. Authors are able to share these pages via social media like Facebook and Twitter. Kudos provides trackable URLs, making it easier for them to gauge which shares reap the highest rewards.

“With so much more research being undertaken and published, the current system of dissemination can no longer guarantee that your work will find its audience,” Kudos cofounder Charlie Rapple told Nature.

In 2015, Kudos won an Innovation in Publishing award from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. And last month, career advice panelists at the EuroScience Open Forum highlighted the site as a useful tool for early-career researchers, Science reported. Today, the site has more than 100,000 users, Rapple told Nature.