It is great that people have signed up with the RGU Kudos pilot partnership since the last blog post about it. If you have an ORCID account listing works with DOIs you can easily populate your publication list on Kudos, just by linking ORCID with Kudos in your profile. Kudos are also working on new functionality to expand beyond DOIs.
If you are publishing already it is possible too that you have a research profile with Google Scholar Citations. If you are not satisfied with the levels of usage or citations to your work, that is where Kudos comes in:
- Kudos isn’t a profile site – it is a toolkit for increasing reach and impact. Google Scholar enables you to list your work and (to some extent) to measure how well it is doing. There you can list your work but you can’t add an explanation of it or link it to other related materials – this might be particularly important in the context of seeking to get beyond the DOI.
- Above all, Google Scholar doesn’t help you see what effects your efforts to communicate around your work have on things like readership and citations. You can see if numbers go up, but you can’t see what caused them to go up. Using Kudos as a central system from which to manage and track sharing of your work enables you to see which of your emails, social media postings and academic network postings are actually increasing the views, downloads, discussion of and citations to your work. This kind of additional data is becoming increasingly important for you, the University and funders of research.
- Google Scholar Citations is easy to set up and so too is Kudos, linked to ORCID. With Kudos, if you spend just 10-15 minutes explaining and sharing your work, you can increase its readership (one of the pilot partners found that usage trebled) and therefore the likelihood of it having impact (both academic and non-academic). Successful and established researchers may not need to be working so hard to generate interest in their research, in which case Google Scholar is probably the right place to be. Kudos is a new toolkit may be the right place for people still working to increase their research profile (and that of their work).